Bottled water consumption has soared in recent years thanks to the bold marketing that is made for consumption. “100% pure water”, “spring water” “take care of your health” and an endless more phrases to seduce consumers. According to the European Federation of bottled waters (EFBW), Spain is currently the fifth country in terms of per capita consumption, preceded by Italy, Germany, Belgium and Portugal.
Spain spends more than 1,000 million to buy bottled, even in areas where the lime or salt are not an issue. A sense that the consumer organisations do not understand having tap water of good quality in much of Spain, and is that the 25% of bottled water, is neither more nor less than tap water (filtered) and is 1,000 times more expensive.
162 Spanish springs are used by hundreds of companies that billed the 1,000 million euros that spends people. This industry, around the world, producing 1,000 million litres in 1970 and according to the World Bank, estimated that humanity consumed by 2015, 233,000 million liters (233% more in just 45 years).
Environmental impact seem to not mind too
Plastic bottles are made mostly with PET (polyethylene terephthalate), derived from oil. This plastic breaks down through photodegradation and takes about 450 years. But if a plastic bottle or other plastics remain buried underground, degradation may take thousands of years.
“Only the bottled water industry generates ” ” 1.5 million tons of plastic per year”
A University of Georgia study, published in the journal Science, calculated that you close of 8 million tons of plastic are dumped annually into the oceans. If this trend continues, in the year 2025 might have about 155 million tons of plastic in the sea.
On the other hand, at the University of Nihon (Japan) is a study in which it was discovered that a plastic bottle can be decomposed into little more than one year in the ocean. The problem is that decomposition of plastic in the sea contaminates the water releasing toxic extremely harmful to marine fauna that swallow them, such as Bisphenol A or polystyrene, these reaching the human being through the water and animals. Unprecedented pollutants effects.
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