Saturday, October 20, 2007

Save our planet -- and drink Fiji? How's this for irony?


1 liter Bottled Water uses 26 Liters Water + 1 Kg Fossil Fuel + 1 Pound CO2

In summary, the manufacture and transport of that one kilogram bottle of Fiji water consumed 26.88 kilograms of water (7.1 gallons) .849 Kilograms of fossil fuel (one litre or .26 gal) and emitted 562 grams of Greenhouse Gases (1.2 pounds).

What is the cost of a Bottled water that is made in an island and transported to the US? That is what Pablo Päster, an MBA graduate and Sustainability Engineer at Triple Pundit, went to find out and did a exhaustive study of the cost of a litre of Fiji Water to America. The bottles are manufactured in China an taken to Fiji Islands for bottling and found out that the process takes more water to make the bottled water it holds. Once the bottling is done is shipped to the US via a ship and he calculated the amount of fossil fuel and Carbon emissions and came up with the above figure.

This will be true for not only Fiji Water but also for other brands of bottled waters.

Luckily I don't use any bottled water. I either use Water filtered water at home it doesn't cause any of the above, except the waste after the filter is used. If there is a recycling for it, we can solve that.

Do you use bottled water?