The creation of a single one-liter plastic water bottle consumes about 3.4 megajoules of energy. In 2006, it is estimated that the US bottled water industry consumed 17 million barrels of oil, and released over 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The manufacturing process also requires water – so for every liter of bottled water you buy, two more liters were actually required to make it available in a plastic bottle. Bottled water is a very wasteful industry, all the more so because water from a bottle has not been shown to be any healthier than tap water.
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