- Last year, Americans spent $15 billion on bottled water -- more than we spent on movie tickets. This year that is expected to be $16 billion.
- Water is basically free, and for now more or less abundant in most of the U.S.
- Buying bottled water is essentially buying convenience (and bending to marketing messages).
- 24% of the bottled water Americans buy is repackaged tap water created by Coke and Pepsi.
- Americans drink more bottled water than milk, or coffee, or beer.
- Americans went through about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year, 167 for each person.
- Americans throw 38 billion water bottles a year into landfills. (Over $1 billion worth of plastic which could have been recycled -- only 1/4 of all the bottles are recycled by consumers).
- It's easier for most Americans to get as much drinking water from Fiji as they want, than it is for over half the people of Fiji, where the water is bottled yet safe drinking water for the local population is scarce.
- If the water we use at home were to cost what even the cheapest bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000. (Point is: we pay a lot for what is available for almost nothing.)
- Most of the world's bottled water is dominated by four companies: Pepsi, Coke, Danone, and Nestle.
- Within a decade, American consumption of bottled water is expected to surpass soda. Maybe that's a good thing. Is that a good thing?
- One out of six people in the world does not have a safe, dependable source of drinking water. That's a billion people.
- Each day, 3,000 children die from diseases caught from tainted water.
And this line: "If you bought and drank a bottle of Evian, you could refill that bottle once a day for 10 years, 5 months, and 21 days with San Francisco tap water before that water would cost $1.35."
When I finished reading the article, my immediate response was to fill up a pitcher with tap water and put it in the fridge. And I had a nice glass of cold water with my lunch.