It’s great that we’re drinking more water. The health benefits are plentiful, from reducing fatigue to promoting more efficient organ function to contributing to better skin. However, getting that water from a single-use plastic bottle can cause financial and environmental harm that ends up offsetting much of the good.
What is the true cost of a bottle of water? In strict financial terms, using the estimate that a 20 oz. bottle sells for $1.50, that adds up to water costing $9.60 per gallon. Imagine if gasoline cost $9.60 per gallon. There would be protests in the streets!
This is why it makes sense for businesses to capitalize on the tap water they’re already paying for—at pennies a serving—by using a commercial water dispenser. Filtration, chilling, and the addition of CO2 makes ordinary tap water suddenly a high-end, sparkling specialty. It’s also far less expensive than bottled water.
Now consider the environmental cost of plastic bottles. It’s estimated that only 20% of water bottles are recycled and US landfills are full of nearly 2 million tons of discarded bottles. Virtually none of that plastic is biodegradable in any meaningful way, meaning it will be around for decades, and perhaps centuries. Also, did you know that 10% of discarded plastic ends up in oceans? By 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish.
Also consider that most of the price a bottle of water goes for its bottling, packaging, shipping, marketing, and retail market. Shipping, whether by boat, truck, or train, involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels. More than 5 trillion gallons of bottled water is shipped internationally each year.
Plus, it takes three liters of water to package a single liter of bottled water for human consumption. This additional amount is used throughout collection, manufacturing, and transport. It’s incredible wasteful.
The simplest, least expensive answer is to stop purchasing single-use plastic water bottles and start using that “homegrown” water that’s piped directly into your home or business. Installing an eco-friendly filtered water machine is a convenient, low-maintenance, safe option for more sustainable drinking water! Customers and/or employees will have an endless supply of still or chilled sparkling water and you won’t have to keep wasting money and harming the environment by stocking the breakroom fridge with plastic water bottles.
Find out more about a Natura water machine.