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Details economic and environmental benefits of using refillable water bottles vs. buying bottled water. By Josh Thomas, President Central Piedmont Chapter of the Sierra Club

Details economic and environmental benefits of using refillable water bottles vs. buying bottled water. By Josh Thomas, President Central Piedmont Chapter of the Sierra Club

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    • Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • What’s in the bucket? Hint: It’s NOT bottled water! Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • = $1.50 = $0.00 for water for water Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • = $0.01 for water Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • = $6.00 for water Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • 2004 total bottled water consumption (liters) 26,000,000,000 18,000,000,000 12,000,000,000 12,000,000,000 China Brazil Mexico United States Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • liters means • 6,868,473,361 gallons of bottled water/year • 24 gallons of bottled water per person/year • 4 bottles/person/week (16 oz bottle) • 8 oz of bottled water per person/day • 1,500,000 barrels of oil to make plastic bottles, enough to fuel 100,000 cars for one year Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • In the US, 86% of recyclable water bottles end up as garbage or litter. So ... Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • 4 (bottles/wk) * 86% (trash) = 1,500 water bottles that end up as garbage or litter every second! Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • But what if ... she replaced 2 of her 4 bottles each week with a reusable container filled with tap water? Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • What if ... we all did? Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • if each person in the US replaced 2 of 4 bottles/week with a reusable container filled with tap water ... • 24,000,000,000 bottles would NOT become garbage or litter every year • 750,000 barrels of oil could be saved EVERY year • we would each save about $150 EVERY year Thursday, February 5, 2009
    • Can we do it? Thursday, February 5, 2009