Some people are lucky to live in countries where drinking water is on tap, but sometimes we all find ourselves buying a bottle of water. It’s convenient, safe and portable, but how much water is really in your bottle? A one litre bottle of water has a litre of water in it, but what we can’t see is how much water it takes to make the plastic bottle.
Cast your mind back to your FreshWater Watch training and you might remember learning about embedded water. Embedded water is water used to produce food and non-food products, this includes plastics.
In fact, plastic bottles take about three times as much water to produce than they can actually hold. This means that three litres of water is needed to make a water bottle that only holds one litre.
So why should we reach for a reusable bottle instead of plastic?
Topping up your reusable water bottle will reduce your water footprint by reducing your plastic consumption.
As an added bonus, you’ll be creating less waste. Plastic is notorious for not being biodegradable. So every time we throw a plastic bottle away, it doesn’t go away, nature has to deal with the plastic for hundreds of years. And even then it breaks down into harmful microplastics and by-products.