Bottled water is increasingly popular in Australia. However, plastic bottles generate an enormous amount of waste that is ending up in landfill or even worse in our environment. According to the 2010 Clean Up Australia Rubbish Report, one in ten items found on Clean Up Australia Day where related to plastic drinking bottles.
By avoiding bottled water and refilling your own bottle you can help conserve virgin resources and protect our pristine nature. Another great side effect is saving money. One bottle of water can cost you around $2.50 versus only a few cents per litre for tap water. So start refilling your water bottle today. If you don’t have one, visit out our online store.
- In production: Most bottled water is packaged in PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles which are derived from crude oil. It can take up to 3L of water to produce 1L of water.
- In transportation: Transportation of bottled water around the world requires burning of fossil fuels
- In landfill and the litter stream: Although plastic bottles are recyclable, many end up in landfill and take up to 1000 years to break down. When littered they often end up in the sea where they break up in small pieces, killing marine life that mistake them for food.
And after all bottled water is expensive. Over 90% of the cost of a water bottle can be traced back to the bottle, lid and label. You can save all that money by drinking tab water.
What can you do?
- The best thing to do is to avoid bottled water.
- Install a tap filter if you are concerned about the taste or quality of your local tap water.
- Buy a reusable bottle
- Pick up and recycle any plastic bottles you find as rubbish.
- Support the campaign for Container Deposit Legislation
- Ask your local council to install water fountains to allow people to refill reusable bottles.
Read our fact sheet on Bottled Water to learn more about it, why to avoid it and what you can do to reduce your environmental impact.