Bottled water harms the environment throughout the product life cycle, from the oil used to create the plastic bottle, all the way to its disposal. The production of plastic water bottles used in the United States takes enough oil and energy to fuel one million cars. 80% of water bottles end up in landfills where they sit for thousands of years or end up in incinorators where they are burned and turned into poisonous pollution. Over one billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water; however, cities all around the world spend millions of dollars to deal with the tremendous amount of plastic bottle pollution. This money should be better spent on improving the clean water supply for those in need.
- Minister of the Environment- Environment Canada
The production of plastic water bottles must be banned. The production process of water bottles is wrecking havoc on many environments for no great benefit to society. The perceived value of bottled water is fake and society’s views must be corrected; most bottled water is merely filtered tap water. The pollution caused by improper disposal of water bottles is phenomenal, as the United States buys more than half a billion bottles of water per week. This pollution is completely unnecessary and easily replaced with one reusable water container. Yet, cities around the world are spending millions to clean up pollution caused by water bottles.The production of plastic water bottles must be stopped in order to rid the need for investment regarding water bottle clean up and allow the re-direction of investment into societies that live without proper drinking water. We must see an end to the devastation water bottles are causing to the environment, and resort to cleaner alternatives.
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