Green Pages Australia says Australians are spending over $300 million on bottled water a year. The Bottled Water Alliance, headed by Planet Ark co-founder John Dee, estimates that over 456,131 barrels of oil are used every year to manufacture bottled water for Australians – not to mention the litter problem! He says:
“Bottled water is responsible for over 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year. Consumers don’t realise the amount of oil that is used to make, transport and store bottled water…
Only 35% of plastic PET gets recycled in Australia. The other millions of bottles end up in landfills.”
The Alliance hopes to get us to look for alternatives to drinking water in bottles. Manly City Council’s Mayor, Peter Macdonald, will be the first to lead his community to oppose bottled water and formally push forward an initiative to discourage its use.
The Alliance will be writing to other Mayors and Councils, asking them to take the initiative on board.
Other action has already been taken by the government. The Department of Environment and Climate Change has already banned access to bottled water for their public servants, taking them out of vending machines and discouraging staff from purchasing them.
There is a range filter jugs available in local supermarkets and John says,
“For water on the go, Brita™ makes a sports bottle filter that works for up to 80 refills. At just $10, the filter is not only saving 79 bottles from being tossed in landfills, it’s also extremely cost effective…
When bottled water first came out, no one thought it would sell – people thought it was a scam. Now we’re spending more than $385 million a year on our water. It’s time to unscam ourselves.”
The Alliance is hoping to reduce the country’s expenditure on bottled water by 20% through this initiative.
Check out The Bottled Truth published by Manly City Council.
I can remember being amazed in the mid 90s – while volunteering at my kids’ tuckshop – at how many school students would spend their pocket/lunch money on buying bottled water when they could use the drinking fountains. Clever marketing then but time to change now!