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The Effects of Bottled Water on the Environment

Everybody knows that tap water can be dangerous for our bodies because it contains plenty of harmful impurities. On the other hand, it seems that also the bottled water threatens not only our health but also the environment.

Most people choose to buy bottled water, to avoid contact with various bacteria or harmful substances contained in tap water, but people must know that bottled water isn’t the right solution for anyone. In the following lines, we will tell you about the effects of bottled water on the environment.

The waste management

Nowadays, the waste management has become one of the biggest problems of this world. Wherever you go, you see landfills which are growing more and more every day, and the number of plastic bottles produced by the bottled water industry has only aggravated this situation. Moreover, the material most often used to manufacture plastic bottles is polyethylene terephthalate which is a derivative of crude oil. To satisfy the needs of bottled water worldwide, every year there are used 2.7 million tons of plastic.

The environmental pollution

The annual production of plastic bottles for water just involves the consumption of an oil quantity as high as that required to supply several million cars. Regarding the “final destination”, it is estimated that only one of five bottles are recycled, and the rest pollute the environment which already is extremely fragile. Furthermore, most of the plastic bottles are incinerated and they release plenty of toxic substances such as chlorine and ash with a high content of heavy metals. Today, there are many small, poor cities which are exploited just for their water resources which can cover the large corporations demand by selling public water. This way, the companies will turn a life necessity into a commodity. Moreover, there are slums, poisoned by factories which achieve the toxic manufacturing process of plastic bottles. For avoiding all this environmental pollution, some people suggested that water bottles be disinfected and reused. However, at this moment it seems that is no feasible solution which can help us avoid the use of bottled water and the environmental damage.