Did you know that it takes about 7 liters of water to make a 1 liter bottle of water? And that that bottle can be transported thousands of miles just to get to you? It may be a convenient beverage choice, but read on to discover the shocking life-cycle of bottled water.
Billions of Plastic Bottles Are Made
Crude oil and natural gas are extracted from ground, and taken to a refinery. Then, through a fancy process at a chemical processing plant, what’s called polyethylene terephthalate (you may know it as PET) pellets are made. These tiny PET pellets are then melted, and using a stretch blow molding technique, bottles in all kinds of shapes are made.
Some plastic bottles are made softer, others are designed to be harder. Each bottle-making facility uses lots of water and energy to make, clean and store bottles. Plus paper, plastics and inks are used to make labels and packaging.
In addition to the 7 liters of water needed to make a bottle of water, the water that actually ends up in each bottle may need to be transported a long distance from the natural source. This can involve ship and truck transportation − all adding to the carbon footprint.
Plastic Bottle Are Globe Trotters
Eventually, the water and the bottle meet, and bottles are labeled, packed and stored. They then continue their journey together to supermarkets, vending machines and cafes.
The distance your bottle of water travels depends on which brand you buy. A bottle of Fiji water might travel thousands of miles to shops in the United States or Europe, while a bottle of Evian might be put on a cargo ship and sent all the way from France to as far away as Australia.
Of course, the cost of this process is vast, and as a result you might end up paying a thousand times as much for a bottle of water compared to tap water.
The Long Life of Plastic
By the time you drink your water, that bottle could have been half way around the world, and a whole lot of energy and effort has gone into making it. But you might be surprised to learn that its journey has just begun. Happily, some plastic bottles might end up in a sorting facility, where they are recycled and made into other products. But other unlucky bottles end up in landfill. Depending on factors including the thickness of the plastic, it can take between 450 to 1000 years for a bottle to biodegrade.
When you consider that 70 billion gallons of plastic bottles of water are sold each year, that’s a whole lot of plastic hanging around.
So, What Are the Best Alternatives to Bottled Water
Many people buy bottles of water because they prefer crystal clear water, or because they like the convenience of grab and go. But alternatives like water coolers, which provides pure water, can help you reduce your use of disposable plastic bottles. Together with a reusable water bottle, you can have water that’s as clear as mineral water that you can conveniently take with you everywhere. This way, you could buy hundreds fewer bottles each year – and imagine how much money you could save!
Some reusable bottles even come with a fruit infuser so you can drink water flavored with lemon or berries.
Of course, not all water coolers are the same. Many people are looking for a beautifully-designed water cooler that fits the aesthetic of their home’s interior, while also being energy efficient. That’s why we designed the Q&C Nano. The Nano is beautiful, and it’s a much better alternative to bottled water. Once you have a Nano at home, you can quench your thirst, the guilt-free way, knowing that you’re saving money, energy, the environment, and even water!
Be one of the first to buy a Nano at a very special early bird price.