When bottled water first hit the states, it was considered to be chic and European (Evian, Perrier.) As its popularity grew, people mocked the idea that someone would actually pay that much money for water. Then, due perhaps to its convenience and a lack of trust in our water supply, it became an ubiquitous part of everyday life. This has led to staggering statistics, such as the fact that we consume 53 billion gallons of bottled water a year globally and that we throw 3 billion pounds of empty water bottles into landfills every year.
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Did you know that 40% of all bottled water is taken from municipal water sources (aka tap water) and it takes three times the amount of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it? Or that 17 million barrels of oil are used in the production of water bottles yearly and this is enough oil to fuel 1 million cars for a year? Check out this infographic
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Related: The Rise of Tap Water