Urban areas in South Africa, and in particular Cape Town, currently have good quality tap water and there is no reason to buy bottled water.
It can take up to 26 litres of water to produce a one litre plastic bottle and three litres of water to make one litre of bottled water. Bottled water is not only expensive to buy, but the plastic manufacturing process is resource and energy intensive.
Watch “The Story of Bottled Water” below to learn about the issues surrounding bottled water.
If you must drink bottled water, please make sure you recycle the plastic (PET) bottle rather than sending it to landfill where it loses its value and will take many years to degrade.
According to PlasticsSA [PDF]:
- Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions
- Recycling saves raw materials and energy
- It takes 35 recycled plastic water bottles to produce a polar fleece jacket
- The carbon footprint of plastic water bottles can be reduced by 25% if consumers recycle the bottles