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america's other addiction

was at a Christmas party and was talking with a couple of other people about bottled water - i mentioned an article i had read recently about america's other addiction (politicians are fond right now of saying we're addicted to oil...another issue for another day)...anyway, here is a link and below are a few fast facts - it's a lengthy article, but really interesting...
  • Americans spent more money last year on bottled water than on ipods or movie tickets: $15 Billion.
  • Thirty years ago, bottled water barely existed.
  • We--a generation raised on tap water and water fountains--drink a billion bottles of water a week, and we're raising a generation that views tap water with disdain and water fountains with suspicion.
  • The amount of bottled being transported is equivalent to 37,800 18-wheelers...per week - talk about fuel consumption!
  • 1 out of 6 people in the world have no dependable, safe drinking water
  • 24% of the bottled water we buy is tap water repackaged by Coke and Pepsi.
  • If the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000.
read that last one again...sobering!

3 comments:

Jeff Keith said...

I never understood the attraction to bottled water. I do enjoy having on of the coolers at work with "spring water", but that is because it is cold and easy to get.

Debbie C. said...

Wow, those stats are unbelievable. We are a very wasteful and spoiled people!!

Debbie P. said...

I used to buy the cheap bottled water and then just refill it over and over to have the convenience without the cost. I can't understand why we are so wasteful in America.