Australians are being urged to kick our bottled water habits to the curb this week, in honour and celebration of ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’ Week.
Sure, every know and then we purchase a bottle while out and about or at the shops, but when you add up everyone’s bottled water purchases – the numbers are disturbing. And we need to be doing something about it.
Every year, we spend more than $736 million on bottled water, and almost 375 million of our bottles end up in landfill and waterways, impacting the environment and marine life.
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It takes more than three litres of water just to produce one litre of bottled water, with the plastic contained then needing around 450 years to break down.
In Australia alone, we generate almost three million tonnes of plastic every year, with scientists predicting that by 2025 there will be more plastics in the oceans than fish.
Yarra Valley Water Managing Director, Pat McCafferty says we’re making strides when it comes to protecting our environment, but bottled water is still a huge problem.
“Australians have really gotten behind eliminating plastic bags and packaging, but bottled water is still a problem which is ironic as Australia’s tap water is amongst the best in the world,” Mr McCafferty said.
In a recent survey conducted by the Choose Tap Coalition, half of respondents said that their single use plastic bottled water purchase was motivated by convenience.
At 2000 times the cost of tap water, plastic bottled water is an expensive convenience which is also much pricier than basic expenses like milk and petrol.
Mr McCafferty said that changing our mindset and making more of a conscious effort to fill a drink bottle before leaving the house would make a big difference.
“If we changed our thinking a little so that leaving the house with a drink bottle is the norm like taking your keys or phone with you, then fewer people would need to purchase bottled water on the run.
“It may be tempting to think that buying one extra bottle won’t hurt, but all of us adopting this mindset leads to millions of bottles in landfill,” Mr McCafferty said.