10 Startling Facts About Bottled Water

Published On October 25, 2012 | By Hannah Ellsbury | Articles

1.)    Only 1 in 5 plastic bottles are recycled

2.)    Americans consume over 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water

3.)    Most tap water is more heavily tested and regulated than bottled water

4.)    Plastic water bottles can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose

5.)    It requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it

6.)   Bottled water costs over 1,000+ times more than tap water

7.)    Last year, the average American used 167 water bottles, but only recycled 38

8.)    In many taste tests, tap water was preferred over bottled water

9.)    The NRDC conducted a comprehensive four-year scientific study of 1,000 brands of bottled water. The results showed that one third of the bottled waters violated their own industry standards for water quality

10.)  It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles yearly. This could fuel 1 million cars for a year

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8 Responses to 10 Startling Facts About Bottled Water

  1. John noble says:

    There is no doubt about the number of plastic bottles being sent landfill sites rather being recycled. Filling your own re-usable water bottle works well.

    It is good to remind people recycling is important; but has anyone made the public aware of the non-recycling of the K-cup that is being used so much in the coffee industry?

    Would be nice to make people aware of this as well.

  2. Josie Yon says:

    Wow that is astonishing. I am doing some research on plastic bottles, and you won’t believe how bad plastic bottles are for the human body and for the enviorment! I am so happy I have a regular water bottle that uses tap water!

    • Olivia says:

      why are u all s be saying bad things about water bottles? cant we just appreciate that we even have plastic water bottles? like who cares about tap water? Like mostly all water is fine! Lets just be thankful that we have freshly clean water unlike other countries. Stop hatin

  3. BEN GREGO says:


    I’m SOOO glad I found your site!! I’ve been ‘preaching’ against bottled water for years now….all my friends and family hear about it every so often, just to make sure they don’t forget…..lol..

    The other day I was at Target and 3 ladies were shopping…..I heard one say they wondered where the bottled water was………I politely suggested that they consider buying themselves a water bottle and then using a filtration system on their faucet, or one of the many filtration pitchers on the market….I got blank stares…..I also mentioned about the landfills, how bad plastic is, etc. etc.
    They smiled and one of them said they’d think about it….YEAH RIGHT!!!

    oh well, at least I tried………..

    and every time I pass the ever-increasing aisle where bottled water is sold, I silently cuss out everyone who buys it!! lol……(well, not really!!)

    So thanks for your site and all the stuff you do!!!!

    Maybe, just maybe, the ‘great American public’ will wake up someday!!!!!

    Thanks again…..

    Ben Grego

  4. john says:

    In the hot summer months I deliver cold bottled water to people waiting for buses. Last year I gave out 900 bottles of water. Can anyone suggest an alternative? I’ve researched this and can’t find a solution to helping people. stay hydrated. Any advice would be appreciated…

  5. Matthew says:

    Thx for the facts! I am doing reacerch on water bottles! YAY

  6. Emma says:

    I am doing school research and this helped me a lot!

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