Thursday, November 29, 2007

Can the Bottled Water


Bottled water is a problem, we know. While we think we're taking care of ourselves, we're polluting the planet. In our house, we use bottled water all the time, for lunches, after-school events such as soccer and just to keep handy a substitute for soda.

But there's a problem--the bottles are polluting the world. The numbers are quite disturbing. We've been trying to cut back, at least reusing the bottles as much as we can, though eventually the Lab gets hold of them and destroys them in about 30 seconds.

Here's what the LI Neighborhood Network says:

The Neighborhood Network is asking Long Island consumers to think twice before they buy a bottle of water. America is the world’s number one consumer of bottled water, buying about 1 billion bottles per week. (FastCompany Magazine) At that rate, Long Islanders buy about 500 million (half a billion) bottles each year. The U.S. bottled water market increased from 5.2 billion gallons and $6.88 billion in 2001 to 8.3 billion gallons and $10.98 billion in 2006, an increase of almost 60%. (International Bottled Water Association)

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