US Plastic Bottled Water Sales Increase in 2011

June 1, 2012

US plastic bottled water sales increase in 2011For years now, environmentalists have tried to urge others to say sayonara to plastic water bottles and hello to reusable bottles. Well, sadly a frightening new report released this week revealed in 2011 the U.S. sales of bottled water increased, Treehugger.com reports.

This comes as quite a shock to some, as sales decreased in 2008 and 2009. Two years later bottled water sales have sky rocketed to a new record high, the Beverage Marketing Corp. found.

Just how high did sales go up? Versus a 0.9 percent increase in the general sales of bottled beverages, bottled water went up 4.1 percent last year, which means those living in the U.S. bought 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water, with the majority purchased by domestic sources. Can you say wow?

These facts just prove that the U.S. is the number one consumer of bottled water beating out China (second) and Mexico (third).

Treehugger.com did some digging into the issue and found somewhat of positive factors to Americans drinking bottled water.

1. National Geographic says even though the number of bottled water sales seems large, “it’s actually a pretty small percentage of overall tap water consumption—equivalent to just about nine hours of water demand in the nation.”

2. The increase could be an outcome of the backlash against sugar drinks and soda. Even now, the state of New York is trying to rule out super sized sugary drinks. Does this mean more are turning to bottled water?

Overall, just think of how much plastic will be kept of out landfills when you take a reusable water bottle to school, to work, to the gym or whenever you’re on the go. Hopefully, this news gives you something to think about.

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