Dr. Michael Warhurst, Friends of the Earth's senior waste campaigner:

"It is another product we do not need. Bottled water companies are wasting resources and exacerbating climate change. Transport is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, and transporting water adds to that. We could help reduce these damaging effects if we all simply drank water straight from the tap."


"The manufacture and transport of that one kilogram bottle of Fiji [brand] water consumed..."

  • 26.88 kilograms of water (7.1 gallons)
  • .849 Kilograms of fossil fuel (one litre or .26 gal) and
  • Emitted 562 grams of Greenhouse Gases (1.2 pounds).


The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand-how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap.





BPA Leaches Into BOTTLED water

BPA, chemical used to make plastics, found to leach from polycarbonate drinking bottles Into humans


1) "Exposure to BPA, used in the manufacture of polycarbonate and other plastics, has beenThis is bad shown to interfere with reproductive development in animals and has been linked with cardiovascular disease and diabetes in humans." Source: Harvard School of Public Health

2) BPA linked to Infertility In Womn

Study in the Oxford Journal

3) "In this study, gestational BPA exposure affected behavioral and emotional regulation domains at 3 years of age, especially among girls." Impact of Early-Life Bisphenol A Exposure on Behavior and Executive Function in Children

Published in the Official Journal  the American Academey of Pediatrics  

" Experimental studies with animals indicated that gestational BPA exposure disrupts normal neurodevelopment, affecting sexually dimorphic behaviors such as aggression, anxiety, exploration, and spatial memory.1214 Sexually dimorphic clinical disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, and depression might be clinical correlates of these animal behaviors and might be related to early-life disruption of the endocrine system" 

3) U.S. study links the chemical BPA to obesity in children

"Children and teens who had higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their urine were more likely to be overweight or obese th an children with lower levels, U .S . researchers said on Tuesday...

Children are uniquely vulnerable to environmental chemicals
— Dr. Leonardo Trasande of New York University School of Medicine



"Fact #1.  Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become "litter." Source:

Fact #2.  Recycling is only feasible in limited circumstances because only PET bottles can be recycled. All other bottles are discarded. Only 1 out of 5 bottles are sent to the recycle bin.Source: SunTimes

Fact #3.  U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles alone.Source:

Fact #4.  It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet the demand of U.S. water bottle manufacturing. This amount of oil far exceeds the amount needed to power 100,000 for a year, which does not include fossil fuel and emissions costs of green house gases needed to transport the final product to market. Source: SunTimes

Fact #5.  It is estimated that actually 3 liters of water is used to package 1 liter of bottled water. Source: