12% of members are saving with this action!
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 Savings||25 - 350 kg|
|55 - 770 lbs|
|Annual Cash Savings||$50 - $500|
|Initial Cost||$0 - $0|
|Time to pay for itself||0.0 - 0.0 years|
|CO2 saved per year per initial dollar invested||25.00 - 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.