10 Quick Facts about Plastic Water Bottles


Plastics are everywhere, found in bags, packaging, utensils, toys, and much more. One of the easiest ways to help the environment is by reducing your plastic usage. Don’t know where to start or what to reduce? Try eliminating plastic water bottles! Here’s what you need to know:

  1. In 2015, bottled water volume production “exceeded 11.7 billion gallons—almost 3 billion gallons higher than it had been in 2007” while other soft drink companies cited a production decrease

  2. Plastic water bottle production consumes more than 17 million barrels of oil a year in the U.S. alone, not including transportation during distribution. This is equivalent to the emissions released when driving 15,207,541,988 miles in an average passenger vehicle.

  3. Americans use approximately 50 billion plastic water bottles per year.  

  4. Currently, the U.S. recycling rate for plastic is only 23%, meaning that a large percentage of bottles go un-recycled each year.

  5. A single plastic water bottle averages around 450 years to decompose in a landfill, while bottles made with Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE) will never biodegrade.

  6. 14% of all litter comes from beverage containers. This number increases when factoring in caps and labels.

  7. More than 25% of bottled water comes from a municipal supply— tap water.

  8. Unless you’re living in areas where water is under high stress, your tap water should be as safe (if not safer) than bottled water. Under federal law, drinking water is continuously monitored multiple times a day. Unsure how to read your water analysis report? Learn how here

  9. It takes three times the amount of water to produce a plastic water bottle than it takes to fill one.

  10. Americans consume enough bottled water to circle the entire equator with plastic bottles every 27 hours


Think twice before you sip from bottled water — always favor to fill up a reusable bottle with your tap. The environment (and your wallet) will thank you.

How often do you use plastic water bottles?



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