11 Mar '12, 1am

7 Good Reasons to Quit Drinking Bottled Water

The U.S. is the largest consumer market for bottled water in the world, followed by Mexico, China, and Brazil. In 2008, U.S. bottled water sales topped 8.6 billion gallons, which represented 28.9% of the U.S. liquid beverage market. The average American drinks 21 gallons of bottled water per year. According to MSNBC, the use of water bottles increased dramatically from 3.3 billion sold in 1997 to 15 billion in 2002 National Geographic estimates that 17 million gallons of crude oil is used on an annual basis to produce plastic bottles. If you fill a water bottle ¼ of the way with oil, this is about how much oil is used to manufacture that one bottle! This amount of oil is enough to fuel approximately a million cars for one year.It is estimated by the Container Recycling Institute and ReusableBags.com that 22 billion water bottles end up in landfills every year. According to...

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