What is the eco-footprint of all the plastic water bottles Americans use every day?



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    Americans buy more bottled water than any other nation in the world. We used 50 billion water bottles in 2006 and sent 38 billion water bottles to landfills, the equivalent of 912 million gallons of oil. Those bottles could take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade. Furthermore, there’s the energy required to transport it. We’re moving 1 billion bottles of water around a week in ships, trains, and trucks in the United States alone. That’s a weekly convoy equivalent to 37,800 18-wheelers delivering water. (Water weighs 81/3 pounds a gallon. It’s so heavy you can’t fill an 18-wheeler with bottled water–you have to leave empty space.) The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes.

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