- While recycling is available, about 80% of plastic water bottles still end up in landfills. That’s a rate of 60 million bottles sent to landfills every single day.
- It’s estimated that it takes as long as 450 years for a plastic bottle to biodegrade.
- It takes 50 million barrels of oil to produce the water bottles we use every year.
Most of us buy bottled water because we believe we are making a healthy choice for ourselves and our family members. Unfortunately, as a 2014 German research study published in the journal PLoS One, nearly 24,500 chemicals were found in the multiple samples of bottled water they tested. Many of these chemicals are known to interfere with hormone levels, in particular. In 2016, the Global Healing Center found even more disturbing news. Their report shows chemicals such as Lead, Mercury, PCBs, Arsenic, and more in bottled water, much of which comes from the plastic containers themselves. Not only is drinking bottled water bad for us, it’s also bad for the environment. Here are some facts shared by The Water Project: