In our blog post, The Advantages of Having a Water Treatment Product, we mention the myriad of health and budgetary benefits that can be achieved by treating the water from your tap using A. O. Smith’s high-tech products and drinking with peace of mind. (The 14 Advantages of Having a Water Treatment Product)
One of these advantages is that the use of a water treatment product significantly reduces the consumption of bottled water and makes a positive contribution to the environment. If you like, we can first take a look at the bottled water industry and the negative effects of bottled water on the environment using the following figures:
Bottled water consumption in Turkey and the USA and Carbon Footprint
A decree of the Ministry of Health in 1997 opened the way for the sale of carboy water bottles in Turkey. In other words, it is about 25 years since packaged and bottled water took its place on the shelves. According to SUDER (Association of Bottled Water Producers)*, the annual production volume of packaged water as of 2019 is 11.7 billion liters and the annual consumption per person 149 liters. As far as the 149 liters per person is concerned, 68 liters come from plastic and glass packaging while the remaining 81 liters come from carboys. In Turkey, the carbon footprint of 149 liters of bottled water consumed by one person in a year is equivalent to approximately 4.5 kg of carbon dioxide, to make an optimistic estimate.
According to US data (2015), on the other hand, annual global consumption of bottled water approximately 45 million liters (11.7 million gallons). According to statistics in 2017, bottled water consumption per person was 155 liters (42.1 gallons).
Studies have shown that the water in a 1.5-liter plastic bottle causes 45 g carbon footprint in a best-case scenario. The carbon footprint of all bottled water consumed worldwide is equivalent to 14 million kg carbon footprint according to the most optimistic estimates. Put more simply, the environmental damage caused by bottled water is equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide produced by five million cars.
Moreover, even bottles made entirely from recycled plastic can only reduce the carbon footprint by 20 to 30%. While only 50% of plastic bottles are recycled in Turkey with recycled material predominantly used by the textile industry.
In other words, plastic production comes into the equation again for a plastic water bottle. Furthermore, the bottled water sector in the U. S. alone consumes 17 million barrels of oil a year and enough energy to light 190,000 households.
The costs for producing bottled water are not just limited to investing for the finding, extracting, storing, transporting and distributing of the water by the production facility. In addition, the manpower and energy required for collecting, disinfecting or recycling carboys and waste materials, employing the necessary personnel and setting up a transport network represent further costs for bottled water manufacturing not visible to consumers.