|Every year 68 billion plastic water bottles are consumed in the U.S. The majority of them end up in landfill. Divided among the population, this means a per capita consumption of some 30.8 gallons of bottled water.
According to the International Bottled Water Association, the U.S. bottled water per capita was up 5.3% in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available.
The data comes with enormous consequences:
Too few plastic bottles make their way to the recycling bin: just 1 in 4.
The environmental footprint of plastic bottle is calculated in millions of oil barrels.
There is a direct human impact: making plastic requires chemicals that known to be hazardous to health. Not every water bottle is BPA-free.
Tap water, the easy and cheaper solution, is actually a safer option than spring water or mineral water, even when bottles are BPA-free.
Municipal water is regulated and tested frequently. There are no government controls on bottled mineral and spring waters. (Source)
HOW CAN YOU HELP? DRINK FROM THE TAP
You can add a water purifier device to the tap or install one under the sink.
There are also whole-house filters.
If you don’t want to install a filter, Aquasana makes a variety of counter-top models with small footprint.
Water bottle or household filter: Celebrate Earth Day by picking one up.
Here’s a water filter guide from the Environmental Working Group.
 Plastic waters are ubiquitous in the landfill: 75% of them are not recycled (photo © Steve Johnson | Pexels).
 Get yourself a reusable water bottle and carry it in your bag, backpack, briefcase, etc (photo © Julia Sakelli | Pexels).