Plastic Pollution is a Big Problem.
Americans throw away 60 million water bottles a day.
Of what we “recycle” is never recycled.
Each week, it takes 40,000 18-wheeler trucks on our roads just to deliver our bottled water.
Every single second, 1,000 people open a bottle of water in the U.S.Americans throw away 35 billion empty water bottles a year. Of those, only 12 percent are recycled.
Every person in America drinks an average of more than 30 gallons of bottled water a year. That means it takes 90 gallons of water just for one person to drink bottled water.
Although the U.S. comprises less than 5 percent of the world’s population, we consume more than 25 percent of natural resources and produce 30 percent of the trash and pollutants. Plastic constitutes 90 percent of all of the trash floating on the ocean’s surface – approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
Americans drink more bottled water than milk or beer a year, and bottled water consumption increases by 10 percent each year.