Graphic from Food and Water Watch, 3/13/18
As the article brings out, why pay so much for what 2/3 of the time is glorified tap water, less closely monitored than tap water, when environmental costs are so high — not just overloading of roadsides and oceans with plastic, but also:
➎ Dirty Energy: Plastics, Energy and Fracking
It takes a lot of energy and fossil fuels — mostly from fracked gas — to make billions of pounds of plastic water bottles annually. Bottled water is 1,100 to 2,000 times as energy intensive as the treatment and distribution of tap water. The 2016 U.S. bottled water consumption used the energy input equivalent of about 64 million barrels of oil. That’s equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 2.5 million passenger cars — nearly 11.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Read more and download the fact sheet at Food and Water Watch