Expense: Bottled water costs more than 1,900 times the amount of tap water
Landfill: More than 80% of plastic water bottles end up in U.S. garbage dumps
Air Pollution: Bottling water created more than 2.5 million tons of CO2 in 2006
Wasting Water: It takes 3 liters of of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water
Oil Consumption: 17 million barrels of oil are used yearly to produce water bottles
Excessive consumption: The U.S. uses 2.5 million single-use water bottles every hour! Over 50 billion single-use plastic water bottles will be used by U.S. citizens in 2013 up from 3.3 billion in 1997
After reviewing a picture of the First Lady Michele Obama and Dr. Jill Biden with a group of school children at the White House I am prompted to ask the White House to change their practices regarding the consumption of single-use plastic water bottles.
I ask that the Obama administration and the White House staff discontinue the consumption of single-use plastic water bottles. Instead I ask that the administration implement a policy that utilizes reusable receptacles to serve themselves and their visitors in an effort to: reduce unnecessary costs, conserve resources and avoid negative environmental impacts caused by the use of plastic water bottles.
I believe this simple policy change by The White House will provide a positive example to the public and aligns with the administration’s Environmental Policy (reduces emissions, reduces dependency on oil, protects natural resources and also reduces budget costs).
The United States consumes 2.5 million single-use plastic water bottles every hour
Bottled water costs 1,900 times more than that of tap water
Over 80% of plastic water bottles end up in our landfills
Plastic water bottles are not biodegradable
Bottling water created more than 2.5 million tons of CO2 in 2006
Over 17 million barrels of oil are used to produce water bottles every year
Over 1800 spices of wildlife have digested plastic debris
Three liters of water are used to produce one liter of bottled water
Thank you for your consideration and swift action.