The issue of sustainability has become increasingly important in recent years. A lot of research and information has also been gathered on the topic of “sustainable consumption”, or “sustainable consumption”.
For example, the ecological balance of bottled water is devastating. During the production of one litre of water in glass bottles, on average between 0.25 and 0.75 litres of crude oil (depending on the distance of the bottling site) are applied. With an average water consumption of 2 litres per day per year, this would correspond to an average annual car journey of about 4000 km. The life cycle assessment of water from plastic bottles is even worse.
More and more disposable plastic bottles are being pushed into the market by discounters and international beverage companies. But this trend has negative consequences for the environment. In addition to the consumption of resources, they primarily burden the climate and generate enormous amounts of waste.
- In Germany, 1.8 million disposable plastic bottles are consumed every hour
- This amounts to around 43 million units per day
- Around 16 billion plastic bottles are consumed every year
- On average, every German consumes 192 disposable plastic bottles per year
- Disposable plastic bottles are now the dominant
- Packaging materials for beverages and have a total share of around 54 percent.
Many disposable plastic bottles are still made of virgin material, for the production of which crude oil is used. This pollutes the climate and consumes limited available resources. The production of plastic bottles consumes 460,000 tons of crude oil and natural gas condensates annually. With this amount, almost 400,000 single-family homes could be heated for a year.
Great impact on the climate
Compared to reusable bottles, disposable bottles are transported over much longer distances because they are filled in fewer plants and are generally sold nationwide. For example, mineral water in disposable plastic bottles is transported almost twice as far at 450 kilometres as refillable bottles are transported at only 260 kilometres. Over the entire life cycle, mineral water in disposable bottles causes twice as much CO2 as reusable bottles. Disposable plastic bottles are therefore not only “resource guzzlers” but also climate killers.