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Bottled water... what's the real cost?

Though bottled water may be considered a convenient alternative to tap water, it is a pending environmental debacle. The amount of crude oil used to make a year's supply of empty water bottles would fuel 100,000 cars for a year. The Pacific Institute calculates this to be more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, which is equivalent to 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Even more oil is used for fuel to haul bottled water to consumers all over the world.

Disposal of plastic waste is another problem. According to the Container Recycling Institute, each day in the U.S. more than 60 million water bottles are thrown away. Only about 12% are recycled. Some 40 billion bottles a year end up in landfills where they take about 1,000 years to biodegrade. Others are incinerated, releasing toxic by-products into the air. The rest end up as litter on the roads and beaches or in streams and other waterways.

There is an area of floating plastic trash in the Northern Pacific Ocean that's twice the size of the state of Texas. Described as the "biggest trash dump in the world," much of it consists of old plastic bottles. Experts say that dangerous chemicals from industrial waste stick to the plastics and enter the food chain as it is ingested by birds and marine life. "There is no technology to get rid of the plastic," says Marcus Eriksen of the nonprofit Algalita Marine Research Foundation. "The only solution: stop adding it to the ocean."

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Cost comparison of bottled water vs. homemade distilled water

* Based on $1.29 per gallon @ 10 gallons a week

** Based on 2010 national average energy cost of 11.6¢ KWH

Bottled Waterwise

  • Questionable source
  • Inconsistent quality
  • Awkward, heavy to carry
  • Inconvenient to store
  • Uncertain freshness
  • Environmentally unfriendly
  • Expensive
  • Homemade 100% steam distilled/filtered water
  • Consistent purity guaranteed, gallon after gallon
  • No lugging gallons home at 8 lbs each
  • Always available—no running out
  • Fresh, great-tasting, healthy homemade purity
  • No waste from bottle disposal
  • Cost wise, one-third the cost of bottled water

In the news...

Where Thoreau lived, crusade over bottles

CONCORD MASS—Jean Hill has proposed a ban on the sale of bottled water in Concord at a town meeting this spring. Voters approved, with the intent of making Concord the first town in the nation to strip Aquafina, Poland Spring and the like from its stores.

In orchestrating an outright ban, Mrs. Hill, 82, has achieved something that powerful environmental groups have not even tried. The bottled water industry is not pleased; it has threatened to sue if the ban takes effect as planned on Jan. 1.

Mrs. Hill's crusade began a few years ago when her grandson, then 10, told her about the so-called Pacific garbage patch, a vortex of plastic and other debris floating between California and Hawaii, thought to be twice the size of Texas.

She researched and homed in on bottled water, finding that millions of plastic bottles were disposed of daily and that most were not recycled. While most opponents of bottled water have sought piecemeal change, like getting government agencies to stop buying it, Mrs. Hill wanted her affluent, erudite town to take a bolder step.

"The bottled water companies are draining our aquifers and selling it back to us," she said, repeating her pitch from the town meeting in April. "We're trashing our planet, all because of greed."

For complete article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010