Bottled water may be convenient, but it’s taking a toll on the environment and its resources. A rapid response assessment conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat noted that bottled water sales around the world have increased so fast that its global consumption is more than 200,000 million litres per year.
Statistics shared by Greatist revealed that it takes three times the amount of water to produce a bottle and fill it with water. Manufacturers use 17 million barrels of oil in producing disposable water bottles every year. That’s similar to supplying fuel to about a million automobiles in a year.
Stop hurting the environment and make good use of these alternatives instead:
- Water Purifiers – Buy a countertop water purifier for your home, as this is easy to assemble and doesn’t need complicated plumbing. You can connect it to the tap directly and get clean, safe drinking water whenever you need it.
- Water Filtration Bottles – If you’re always on the go, you can bring this type of bottle instead of buying multiple bottled waters. Many establishments have free water refilling stations; all you need is to know where they are.
- Water Filters and Dispensers – Buy benchtop or floor standing water filters for your home, office or any commercial establishment. Even though you need to refill its water supply constantly, these are portable and ideal to install anywhere.
- Reusable Water Bottles – If you’re on a budget, you can simply buy a reusable water bottle and refill it whenever you can. Make sure that it’s free of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to make certain plastics and resins. Stainless water bottles are a good choice, as well.
Even little efforts like changing your water source can help the environment. Stop buying bottled water now and start making a change for a better future.