As bottled-water sales hit all-time highs in the US, some Americans want people to ditch the bottles.
Last year, Americans drank more bottled water than soda, reaching 12.8 billion gallons, according to the research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corporation. The beverage has experienced explosive growth in recent years, as people have ditched soda in search of healthier options.
Critics, however, say bottled water’s sparkling reputation is just a ruse.
“Ditching bottled water keeps Mother Earth and your wallet green,” says Ban the Bottle, an organization that advocates banning plastic water bottles.
According to Ban the Bottle, more than $1 billion of plastic is wasted every year in the form of 38 billion unrecycled water bottles. Making the bottles is also taxing on the environment, with the organization saying that making bottles to meet the US demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually — enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year.