We all know how bad bottled water is, right? Here’s a little reminder
- In 2006 the global consumption of bottled water was 177 BILLION liters.
- At 42 billion liters, the U.S. accounted for about 23% of that.
- It takes two to three liters of water to produce and distribute one liter of bottled water
- For most of us, bottled water is of no better quality than our tap water (which is more highly regulated and monitored).
- In the U.S. alone we use more than 17 million barrels of oil to create those disposable bottles (this does not account for the fuel used to ship bottled water across the globe)
I’m sure you “recycle” your water bottle, but look at how wasteful it is to simply produce that bottle… 2-3 liters of water is used to make 1 liter for you to drink, and 17 million barrels of oil is used to create the bottle. (That means you’re drinking out of a container made from oil. Yuck!)
Why not choose a reusable bottle instead? 999Bottles is a cool project that helps you track how many resources you’re saving each time you refill the reusable stainless steel bottle. You advance the counter each time you refill, and you can use an app or the website to find out how much you’ve saved. If you refill just 8 times, you’ve paid for the bottle; 15 refills is a stack as tall as a giraffe. “At 147, the bottles you non-consumed have saved you $326 and 7 gallons of oil.”
The 999Bottles is currently a Kickstarter project so you can’t buy the bottle in stores yet. They need to raise about $47,000 in order to start production. You can follow 999Bottles on Facebook or contribute to their Kickstarter goal.