How to Save the World: Step 1:
Stop Buying Disposable Water Bottles

by Eric Shalit | June 16th, 2010

Americans buy 29 billion water bottles a year. It takes 17 million barrels of crude oil to make all these bottles. That’s enough oil to keep a million cars going for twelve months. That is the same amount of oil as 60,000 barrels a day spilling into the Gulf for 283 days!

I’ve been avoiding turning BOX TURTLE OASIS into a platform for environmental ranting. However, building man-made environments while real natural environments are being rapidly destroyed right before our eyes, pushes me to look for things we can do.

It’s estimated that the BP gusher is releasing up to 60,000 barrels of crude into the Gulf each day.

Americans buy more bottled water than any other nation in the world — 29 billion water bottles a year. Imagine a water bottle filled a quarter of the way up with oil. That’s about how much oil was needed to produce the bottle. In order to make all these bottles, manufacturers use 17 million barrels of crude oil. That’s enough oil to keep a million cars going for twelve months.

That is the same amount of oil as 60,000 barrels a day spilling into the Gulf for 283 days!

That oil is being used to make stuff we don’t actually need. If we don’t need it, then why are we doing high risk drilling? Or, maybe I’m wrong and those water bottles really are important.

Image and water bottle data taken from National Geographic Kids.

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One Response to “How to Save the World: Step 1:
Stop Buying Disposable Water Bottles”

  1. Regina in Olympia says:

    Oh, go ahead and rant! Gardening is environmental after all.

    It is mind boggling, isn’t it, that even though we have the cleanest, safest tap water in the history of mankind, we still want to drink bottled water!!

    And just to show that the ‘free market’ is not rational so long as environmental costs are externalized – it’s cheaper to buy a case of individual bottles of sparkling water at Costco, than to buy the equivalent volume of the same brand of water in 2 liter bottles at the grocery store.

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