I get a kick out of this one.  As a soccer fan or futbol fan for the rest of the world, this one gives the equivelent number of items that could be produced instead of bottles for water in Vuvuzelas!  For those that recall the World Cup in S. Africa, those are the really loud horns that crazy fans blow during the match.

Enjoy yet another perspective on the Health Hazards of Bottle Water.

The summary statistics from the infograhpic are:

The Hazards Of Bottled Water

– #1 2.7 million tons. The global annual amount of plastic used to produce water and carbonated water bottles. Most of this plastic ends up in landfills.

– #2 1.7 billion rand. The estimated market value of South Africa’s bottled water market. This figure is expected to increase at a staggering rate.

– #3 Added chemicals. About 40 percent of all bottled water starts as tap water, to which minerals and other chemicals and flavourings are added.

– #4 Not safer than tap water. The bottled water industry has less stringent testing policies than governmental agencies which require rigorous testing of tap water.

– #5 22.5 billion vuvuzelas. The equivalent of vuvuzelas one could create with the amount of plastic used to produce water and carbonated water bottles.

– #6 5x mater to produce. Each bottle requires nearly 5 times its volume in water to manufacture and there is no evidence that bottled water is healthier than tap water.

– #7 22 million tons. The global annual amount of carbonated bottled water consumed outside its country of origin. This results in massive transportation and environmental damage.

– #8 Increased production. 77 percent of bottles in South Africa are not recycled and end up in landfill sites

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