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WHY YOU SHOULD STOP DRINKING PLASTIC BOTTLED WATER?
MiiH2o Water Life technology
0,021 € for 1,5 liters
0,014 € for 1 liter
Water in plastic bottle
From 0.27 € to 0.73 €
for 1,5 liters
Why choose MiiH2O Water life
During the production phase of 1kg of PET (25 1.5L bottles) 2kg of oil and 17.5 of water are consumed. Therefore, to “contain” 37.5 of water, we have to use almost twice the quantity (55L).
Substances released into the atmosphere:
• 40g hydrocarbon; • 25g of sulfur oxides; • 20g of nitrogen oxides; • 18g carbon monoxide; • 2.3kg of carbon dioxide(greenhouse gas). (Paul Mc Rande, The Green Guides, in State of the World 2004, Environment Issues, Milan 2004, pp. 136-137)
Transportation, fuel and, pollution
Transporting a 15-ton load, the equivalent of 10,000 bottles of 1.5L of water, requires a truck in perfect conditions to burn 1L of fuel every 4km (25L per 100km). Assuming an average distance of 1,000km round trip (transporting the purest water from the highest point of the highest parts of Alto Adige to Sicily covers even more), the fuel consumption is 250L, or 250,000cm3 which, divided by 10,000 bottles, corresponds to 25cm3 of fuel per bottle. Multiplying 25cm3 by 200, we can assume that the daily consumption per capita of 1L of bottled water requires a consumption of 5L of fuel per year.
Five additional litres of fuel must be considered for:
• the consumption of oil to produce plastic bottles (8kg for 200 bottles);
• the fuel consumption of trucks carrying empty plastic bottles from the manufactory plant to the bottling factory and the garbage trucks carrying the containers to disposal plants;
• the gasoline used by consumers from home to the supermarket and back home, as well as from home to the garbage bin and back
We can assume that buying bottled water equates a total annual consumption of fossil fuels per capita of at least 8L of diesel / gasoline as well as 8kg of oil. Therefore, by choosing bottled instead of tap water, a family of four spends between €365 to €720 a year and burns at least 32L of fossil fuel.
The Quality of Water
Claims of additional properties in bottled water outweighing the costs and environmental impacts are misleading. In fact, there are no chemical or bacteriological advantages. There can be a difference in organoleptic terms when tap water is too chlorinated but removing the chlorine and therefore the chlorine taste only requires the use of special filters. This is more efficient in terms of costs, effort and time. (Source WWF).
Apart from cases where individuals may have particular diseases and would benefit from drinking certain mineral waters, common tap water is perfectly suitable to drink. Various laboratory tests have shown that bottled water does not enjoy superiority over tap water, rather the opposite is more likely. (“Qualcuno vuole darcela a bere”, by Giuseppe Altamore).
Under the sun
After a half hour of sun exposure, a plastic bottle releases hazardous substances that contaminate the water inside.
Just in Lombardy alone, there are 150,000 tons of PET dumped every year, with a cost to the community of €25 Million. The pollution caused is inestimable.
To the question “how can water be preserved in bottles for months and not deteriorate ?” experts argue that there must be some kind of antibiotics added inside. However, the bottling industry will never admit it.
Waste of natural spring water
To obtain 1L of bottled water , 3L are being wasted during sampling (of the 11 billion litres of natural spring water consumed each year in Italy, more than 30 billion litres are lost).
Who benefits from this?
Even the biggest manufacturers employ very few workers (only 48 employees in one of Italy’s largest companies in 2005) and pay only nominal amounts for access rights According to “Consumer Guide critic” EMI editions, a large multinational in Veneto pays €555.16 for a full year of extraction, while the local community is left with the responsibility of plastic disposal.