Here’s the problem – it’s complicated!
The Harsh Reality
Plastic isn’t healthy.
While plastic bottled water has served an important purpose in providing clean water, particularly to those in emergency situations, plastic has many negative consequences on our health and environment. Learn more about Sanitation and Health Effects.
Plastic isn’t sustainable.
It takes up to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to decompose in a landfill, and less than 20% of bottles are recycled (more like 12-15%). Even then, most recycling is actually down-cycling: making lower quality products than the originals, usually requiring the addition of virgin plastics and toxic chemicals in the process. Learn more about Our Planet & Pollution.
Plastic isn’t cheap.
Plastic bottled water is extremely expensive. To put it in scale, if all of the water you used around the house for showers, dishwashing, watering plants, etc. was bottled water, your H20 bill would be about $9000 per month. Learn more about Expense & Access.
Plastic bottled water is hurting our health, planet, and wallets.