If you had a choice between getting something (more or less) for free that is energy efficient, or paying for something of comparable quality that takes 2000 time as much energy to produce, which would you chose?
Americans made this decision 33 billion times last year. In this case, being “green” is cheap, and 33 billion times we decided to throw our money away instead.
PhysOrg posted an article a couple days ago filled with quick-hit scientific data about the production and consumption of plastic water bottles in America. Single-use plastic water bottles are clogging our landfills, and floating in the massive gyres in the Pacific ocean. This is mind boggling when most people have easy access to clean drinking water that is tested and regulated to ensure it is safe to drink. 33 billion times a year we decide that the water inside the polyethylene terephthalate bottles is either more convenient or better for us.
Just past the advertisement for Fiji bottled water, the commentary after the article is filled with people defending why bottled water has a place in the world. I am all for filtering water, but I will never be convinced that producing 200 billion liter’s of bottled water per year is anything but a complete waste of energy.