Swallowing the Facts

Fact: Around 1.1 billion people, around the globe do not have access to safe drinking water.

In Australia, we have the luxury of clean, quality tap water, yet despite this Australia has produced 582.9 million litres of bottled water between 2009-10, making bottled water one of  best selling beverages in Australia.

Fact: Tap water is cheaper than bottled water!

Sydney Water sells water at 1000 litres for $2.13, where bottled water companies sell 600 mL $2.50, making bottled water 18,000% more expensive than tap water. In many cases, a litre of bottled water is even more expensive than a litre of petrol.

Fact: Australia’s excessive use of bottled water generates the more greenhouse emissions in a year than 13,000 cars over the same timeframe.

The production and transport of delivering a litre of bottled water emits hundreds of times as much greenhouse gas as a litre of tap water. Transport is one of the main source of greenhouse gases and by cutting down on our use of bottled water we will  reduce the damaging effects of these emissions.

Fact:  Australia recycles only 36% of PET plastic drink bottles

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a plastic polymer that is used to produce plastic bottles and for every ton of PET, around 3 tons of Carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere. Furthermore, once these bottles are used  they are discarded and end up in landfill, taking over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes.

Fact: The Pacific Institute estimates that it takes 3 litres of water to produce 1 litre of bottled water!

There is a long-term environmental effect of taking freshwater from places like the Fijian Islands and placing them is bottled water. Freshwater ready for humans to drink is rare, with only about 1/100% of freshwater readily available for human use. This freshwater also mixes our world’s salt water, to create “the coastal zone”, that maintains the oceanic ecosystem.

Fact: Drinking tap water means happy, strong teeth!

In Australia, there is fluoride in the water to help protect against tooth decay  and encourage healthier dental care. Water fluoridation is also a socially equal and  effective way for everyone to have access to fluoride’s benefits.


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