But I re-use my PET bottles…
Plastic PET bottles cannot be cleaned properly. Bacteria grow easily on its mouth and the only way to prevent this is by cleaning the bottle with hot soapy water and dry thoroughly between uses. Ever seen anyone doing this?
But we recycle PET bottles…
Reclycling PET bottles is only done for about 25% of the bottles. It seems like a good idea, but did you know that:
Unlike glass bottles, plastic bottles cannot easily be recycled into new plastic bottles (bottle2bottle). They are mostly recycled to new non-recyclables like crates, bumpers, tees and so on). This means that to produce a plastic PET bottle, new raw material and resources are required nearly every time.
The collection of used plastic bottles is complicated: Every country has its own system, many bottles are non-consignment bottles, and therefore end up with the general waste, making it more difficult to separate the material.
But the quality of the bottled water is better…
In many developed countries, the tap water quality is equally healthy or even better than bottled water. Many of the bottled water originate not from natural wells, but from municipal water companies. It is the advertising campaigns and the labeling of the bottles that want to make us believe the quality is superior.
In developing countries, the tap water system sometimes is not up to standard. There, the priority should be to improve the public tap water system. Instead, the bottled water is promoted, adding to the waste and landfill and turning drinking water into an exclusive product for the wealthy.