That’s a lot of oil

May 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

     More than a quarter of bottled water is just processed tap water, including Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coca-Cola’s Dasani. 
     Bottled water rules allow higher levels of many contaminants, with more lenient requirements for filtration, testing and reporting (than the Federal regulations). See NRDC’s bottled water report for details of contaminants by brand.
     The Earth isn’t healthier for it, either. According to the Pacific Institute’s fact sheet [PDF], manufacturing the 30+ billion plastic water bottles we bought in 2006:

  • Required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil – enough to fuel more than one million vehicles for a year. (Note: This was erroneously reported by the New York Times as 1.5 million, and the error is repeated in many places.)
  • Produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
  • Used three times the amount of water in the bottle.

http://green.msn.com/Articles/article.aspx?aid=368>1=45002

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