Bottled Water and the Environment

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Bottled Water and the Environment
There is no doubt bottled water serves many reasonable purposes including for travel, as an alternative to the other options offered at places such as sporting events, and for emergencies. Many people have begun to see bottled water as better alternative to tap water and causing the amount of consumption and production to increase. “According to Lauria's bottled water association, in 1990, 2.2 billion total gallons of bottled water were sold worldwide. In 2007, it was 8.8 billion.” (Krisy Gashler, The Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal, 2008) The increased use of bottled water is having a big effect on our environment. There are many environmental impacts of manufacturing the bottled water. Over 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide was produced from the manufacturing of bottles water in 2006. According to a study conducted at Oregon State University in Corvallis, every year "Around the world, factories are using more than 18 million barrels of oil and up to 130 billion gallons of fresh water" to manufacture the bottles used for bottled water. (Bottled Water Future Sales, 2007) These facts are not considering the products used to seal, package, and contain the bottles which may include card board. All this manufacturing can ultimately affect the climate and environment. Water bottles are polluting our environment. While water bottles are able to be recycled it has been found that the majority are disposed of by trash or being left behind somewhere. It is estimated that one out of six bottles is recycled, this means that over eighty percent, or twenty-nine billion water bottles a year, of these bottles end up in landfills, trash, rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Once the bottle is created and filled with water, it is delivered to stores by means of ground transportation. Some bottled water is transported long distances by ship in addition to the distances it travels by truck or rail. The fresh water used to manufacture and fill bottles is a...
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