YouSustain

No bottled water

11% of members are saving with this action!

Save up to 350 kg / 770 lbs CO2 and up to $500 per year!

Buying bottled water is typically wasteful, at least in developed countries with quality public water systems. Bottled water is regulated less than tap water, and often times what's in the bottle is just tap water.

Further, producing and transporting the bottles are expensive. It's estimated that the total energy required to make and transport a bottle of water would require about a quarter of the bottles worth of oil. Overall, that adds up to as much energy as the yearly consumption by millions of vehicles.

Global consumption of bottled water is estimated at 187 billion liters, and most of the bottles end up in landfills, not recycled.

Benefits and costs

Annual CO2 Savings25 - 350 kg
55 - 770 lbs
Annual Cash Savings$50 - $500
Initial Cost$0 - $0
Time to pay for itself0.0 - 0.0 years
CO2 saved per year per initial dollar invested25.00 - 350.00 kg

* These value ranges were taken from many sources including product documentation, published reports, and the reference material linked here.

If everyone did this ...

If every household in the US did this, it could save a collective 46,200,000 tons of CO2 per year!

This would be equivalent to:

  • Taking 9,058,824 cars off the road for a year
  • Producing 3,473,684 tons of Beef

Visit How Much CO2 Is That? for more information.

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