Stop the Bottles - Save the Planet
"340 billion beverage bottles and cans are not recycled every year worldwide. That's a recycling rate of about 26 percent.1
141 billion beverage bottles and cans are not recycled every year in the United States. The recycling rate for all Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles is only 23.1 percent, so that 100 billion beverage bottles were not recycled in 2009.2
Carbonated beverage and sparkling water consumption is growing rapidly. The environmental cost to produce the plastic bottles and transport the goods to consumers is high.
With an average consumption of over 118 liters of carbonated drinks per capita annually, it’s time to consider an alternative to packaged carbonated drinks and sparkling water.
What it takes to manufacture those PET bottles:
- 2.7 million tons of plastic are used for the production of bottled water EVERY year. Most of this ends up as garbage or in landfills.3
- 100 million barrels of oil. That's the amount of oil that is used to produce the plastic for bottled water globally every year.3
- Each bottle produced requires nearly 5 times its volume in water to manufacture and may have caused the release of nickel, ethylene oxide and benzene during its production.3
1. Euromonitor 2009 - Beverage Packaging
2. Container Recycling Institute
3. Emily Arnold & Janet Larsen. "Bottled water: Pouring resources down the drain." Earth Policy Institute, Feb. 2, 2006"