Why is bottled water waste a concern? Here are just a few reasons…
- Worldwide, an estimated 2.4 million metric tonnes of plastic are used to bottle water each year.
- An estimated 70,000,000 plastic water bottles are dumped in North American landfills every year.
- It takes three litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water.
- In 2004, total consumption of bottled water was estimated at 154 billion litres – that’s about 25 litres for everyone on the planet. Ditching bottled water keeps Mother Earth and your wallet green.
- Bottled water is 240 to 10,000 times more expensive than tap water. Despite the cost, almost one third of all Canadian households primarily drank bottled water in 2006.
- One BelKraft water filter cartridge can effectively replace as many as 9000 standard 500 mL bottles. So you can get great-tasting water without so much waste. Talk about refreshing.
- The average BelKraft water filter cartridge filters 4500 litres of water a year for about 32 cents a day. Put in perspective, to get the same amount of water from bottled water would require 9000 mL water bottles a year – at an average cost of a dollar a bottle, that’s $24.65 a day.
- For about $10 each, you can purchase a reusable bottle, saving you hundreds of dollars a year on bottled water.
- Hydration at its best – carry the water you need and reduce your impact on the environment – one reusable bottle can last for decades, making it easy to stop buying single-serve bottled water to fulfill your everyday hydration needs.
- Many people drink bottled water because they believe it to be of a higher quality, cleaner and better-tasting, but that’s not necessarily true.
- Two of Canada’s largest bottled water brands use purified municipal water taken from cities including Vancouver, Montreal, Brampton and Calgary.
- If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, try BelKraft water filters. Nine out of 10 consumers say, “Purified water tastes better than tap water”, according to an in-home usage study.
In Canada, the responsibility for ensuring drinking water supplies are safe is shared between the provincial, territorial, federal and municipal governments, with Health Canada taking a leadership role. The City of Toronto tests its drinking water every four hours!