A Whopping 91% of Plastic Isn't Recycled. Plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade, so most of it still exists in some form. Only 12 percent has been incinerated.

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EPA statistics show that less than 32 percent of PET plastic bottles and jars were recycled in 2014.3 That means the other 68 percent was left to clog landfills, harm wildlife and pollute waterways. In fact, the marine conservation organization Oceana estimates that up to 20 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year,4 with some collecting into huge free-floating landfills like the Pacific Garbage Patch, which is estimated to be about the size of Texas.


Some 2.7 million tons of petroleum-derived plastic are used to bottle water worldwide every year, and costs consumers up to 1,900 times more than tap water.

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And trash isn't the only environmental issue caused by water bottles. Analysis by the Pacific Institute, a global water think tank, found that it takes up to 2,000 times more energy to produce bottled water than tap water. It takes energy to make the bottles, fill them with water and ship them to your local convenience store - sometimes over great distances.