Thursday, March 20, 2008

Bottled Water or Tap?

March 22 is World Water Day -- a good time to think about the environmental cost of bottled water.

World consumption of bottled water more than doubled between 1997 and 2005.

Think about how much oil it takes to manufacture and ship all those plastic bottles.

Now, think about all those plastic bottles winding up in your city's landfill -- the ones that didn't get dumped along your favorite street or highway.

The United States is the world's largest consumer of bottled water. US residents drank nearly 6.3 billion gallons in 2005, according to Planet Ark.

More than one billion people in this world lack access to clean water, bottled or not.

Something to think about on World Water Day. And every day.

Is bottled water worth the price?