The past twenty years have seen a phenomenal boom in the use of bottled water. While many of us find the packaging convenient, what is the cost of that convenience to the environment? Did you know:
- Each bottle requires triple its own volume in water, just to be manufactured
- The fuel consumed annually in the transportation of bottled water could fuel 1 million cars for a year
- Nearly half of the water on store shelves is bottled from municipal supplies (tap water)
- The earth’s freshwater supply is being depleted as it is redistributed, consumed, and emptied into the sea
- Only about one out of five plastic bottles ever gets recycled
The good news is, there are things we can all do to bring positive change! The Houston Zoo has already eliminated plastic shopping bags from our gift shops in favor of stylish canvas alternatives, and recycling receptacles can be found throughout the Zoo. As always, a portion of every ticket or membership sold supports local and international conservation programs.
What can you do? Helping at home is easy! Do your part to save the environment, money, and wildlife by filtering water at the tap or from a pitcher. Even sodas can be made at home! Then, fill up a reusable water bottle when you go out. Make sure waste is disposed of properly; reduce or reuse it whenever possible.