The average North American consumer in 2006 consumed 28.3 gallons of bottled water.
World recycling rates for disposable water bottles is 15-35%. Even in the countries with the highest recycling rates, 1 out of 2 bottles still ends up in a landfill. When disposed of in a landfill, a bottle takes a minimum of 700 years to biodegrade. A reusable glass or metal bottle has a much lower overall impact, and will always be your best option.
Most plastic disposable water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate ( PET ). Almost all these bottles are made from virgin plastic. An estimated 30% of the world’s PET is used in the production of plastic bottles. The plastic used in these bottles is made by mixing hydrocarbons extracted from crude oil with chemical catalysts, triggering polymerization.
Products made from recycled polyester materials require 75% less energy and creates 70% less C02 emissions then polyester made from virgin materials. This includes the transportation of fabrics and products from Asia to Canada.