Is bottled water ever a good thing for the environment?



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    According to a 2001 report of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), roughly 1.5 million tons of plastic are expended in the bottling of 89 billion liters of water each year. Besides the sheer number of plastic bottles produced each year, the energy required to manufacture and transport these bottles to market severely drains limited fossil fuels. Bottled water companies, due to their unregulated use of valuable resources and their production of billions of plastic bottles have presented a significant strain on the environment.  Unfortunately, reusing plastic bottles further compromises the quality of the water, due to the fact that more and more phthalate  leaches its way into the water as the bottle gets older.

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