Bottled Water Consumption Up 4% in 2011 Despite Increased Opposition
U.S. bottled water consumption increased to 9.1 billion gallons in 2011, up 4.1% from 2010, according to a new report.
The report, funded by our friends at the International Bottled Water Association, found that while other major beverage categories, such as carbonated soft drinks, milk, and fruit beverages, continue to suffer declines in consumption, bottled water rates head in the opposite direction. IBWA found that in addition to the increase in consumption by 4.1%, per-capita consumption was up 3.2% in 2011. That equates to every person in America drinking an average of 29.2 gallons of bottled water last year!
Are You Addicted to Bottled Water?
We’ve posted numerous times reasons to avoid bottled water such as it can be bad for your wallet, the environment, and even your health. But what if you are addicted or need help on making the transition away from bottled water?
Curbing the habit begins with a plan. Specifically, you need to figure out what habits, emotions, or circumstances encourage you to buy bottled water and make arrangements to change.
First, buy a reusable bottle you will actually use. Bottles come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors to match your tastes. Check out our reusable bottle review for information on different types of bottles.
Second, make an effort to keep your bottle with you and full of fresh water everywhere you go. There are a variety of ways to make tap water taste better at home including Brita-type pitchers, bottles with built-in filters, faucet filters, etc. While you’re in public, be sure to fill-up your bottle at restaurants and cafes offering free water – TapIt has a great map to find these businesses in major metro areas. Or simply fill up at a drinking fountain or hydration station nearby.
Finally, stick with it! Sometimes it can be hard to only use reusable bottles and you may be forced to buy bottled water. Don’t feel bad – get back up and try again the next day! If each consumer would reduce their reliance on bottled water, we can help this world become a more sustainable environment for future generations.