Approximately 2.7 million tons of petroleum-derived plastics are used in Beverage Bottle water in the world every year, and the cost to consumers is 1,900 times that of tap water.

Dear EarthTalk: When there is basically no water in our faucet, isn't it wasteful for us to buy plastic bottled water? Even health food stores that should know better are selling like crazy. When will the richest and most free natural resource on earth become a commercial "drink"? ——A. Jacobs, via email

Since the late 1980s, bottled water has been the world's best-selling commercial beverage. According to data from the World Watch Institute, since 1990, global bottled water consumption has more than quadrupled. Today, Americans consume 30 billion liters of water in approximately 50 billion (mainly plastic) bottles each year. The Beverage Marketing Association reported that bottled water accounted for more than 28% of the US liquid refreshing beverage market in 2008. The bottled drinks most consumed by Americans are carbonated sodas such as Coke and Pepsi.

Frankly speaking, yes, when we get so much drinking water in this way, it is a ridiculous waste because it can flow freely and it is as good if not better for you. According to data from the Earth Policy Institute (EPI), approximately 2.7 million tons of petroleum-derived plastics are used in bottled water globally each year. Emily Arnold, a researcher at EPI, said: “To make bottles to meet Americans’ need for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil a year, enough to provide fuel for approximately 100,000 American cars for a year.” Just because we can recycle these bottles is not Means we can: The Container Recycling Institute reports that 86% of plastic water bottles in the United States end up in trash or rubbish.

Consumer financial costs are also high: According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the cost of bottled water is 1,900 times that of tap water. The Natural Resources Conservation Commission (NRDC) reports that 90% or more of the money consumers pay for it is used to cover all expenses except for the water itself: bottling, packaging, transportation, marketing, other expenses-of course. Profitable.

EWG was particularly shocked by the lack of transparency of leading bottled water sellers regarding the source of their water and whether it has been purified or tested for contaminants. According to a recent survey conducted by the organization, 18% of the 173 types of bottled water currently on the U.S. market do not list their source location; one-third of the people did not disclose the treatment or purity of the water in their plastic bottles.

"Of the top ten best-selling brands, nine of them — Pepsi’s Aquafina, Coca-Cola’s Dasani, Crystal Geyser, and six of the seven brands of Nestlé — did not answer at least one of these questions,” the EWG report said. Only Nestlé’s Pure Life purified water "discloses its specific geographic water source and treatment method... and provides 800 numbers, websites or mailing addresses, where consumers can request water quality test reports."

EWG recommends that consumers resist the urge to buy bottled water and switch to filtered tap water. "You will save money, drink water that is purer than tap water, and help solve the global surplus of plastic bottles," the organization suggested, adding that it supports stricter federal standards to force consumers to understand their What kind of water is there other than bottled water. Before this day arrives, consumers concerned should check EWG’s Bottled Water Scorecard, a free website that provides information about various bottled water brands, their sources, and whether and how they are treated to remove contaminants.

In these times of using beverage bottles, you should also use Plastic Cosmetic Bottles . These plastics are actually the same. Therefore, to keep the earth clean, we should reduce the use of plastics.