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Bottled water is bad for the environment because it makes the environment unhealthy. There are a lot of single-use plastic bottles that end up in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. There they make up most of the waste and it will take decades to breakdown.


Bottled water has been around since the 17th century! The United Kingdom is thought to be where water bottling and selling began (Research from: Crystal Beverage Company):

  • It was first done in 1622 at the Holy Well Water Bottling Plant.  People think this is the world’s oldest water-bottling site. 
  • People who started making bottles of water were told to do so because there was a lot of demand for spring water at the time.
  • A lot of people thought that spring water had medicinal properties and was also good for you because of this.
  • The popularity of bottled water spread across the world as people learned about the benefits of drinking water.
  • In 1967, the first bottle of water was sold in the United States. This drink was sold in Boston by a company called Jackson’s Spa.
  • Another company started selling their spring water in bottles as time went on. When carbonated water was first made available in the early 1800s, it made a big difference in the way people bottled water.
  • Bottled water became popular in the United States in the 1970s when plastic water bottles were made. It was made by an engineer named Nathaniel Wyeth.
  • Bottled water became even more popular in the 20th century because of the rise in technology at the same time.
  • The global water bottle industry is thought to be worth billions of dollars right now.
bottled water pollution facts


Plastic water bottles are one of the leading causes of environmental pollution in the world (Research from Harvard University).

Bottled Water Pollution Facts:

  1. Water Pollution

  • Marine animals are the first to be harmed by plastic pollution. In the ocean, a few plastic bottles make their way into the water each year.
  • Plastic waste is bad for all kinds of fish and other aquatic animals. It also harms marine ecosystems by putting harmful toxins in them.
  • A lot of plastic bottles can also end up in freshwater sources. This can put people at risk of getting sick.
  • Water pollution can have an effect on the biodiversity of an ecosystem. This is because some of the contaminants make the water more acidic.
  1. Air Pollution

  • Plastic water bottles are made from fossil fuels, like crude oil, which is found in the ground. The process of making something puts harmful chemicals into the air.
  • Pollutants like benzene and nickel can cause very bad health problems if you breathe them in. Benzene can damage the bone marrow, which can lead to a gradual drop in red blood cell count. When nickel gets into your body, it can cause lung and kidney damage.
  • CO2 is released into the air when plastic water bottles are made.
  • Too much CO2 in the air is bad for the environment because it makes the planet warmer.
  1. Soil Pollution

  • Plastic water bottles can get into the soil when they break down. They can get rid of chemical substances that change the soil’s chemistry.
  • Waste plastic bottles are often turned into nano plastics, which plants can easily take in and use as food.
  • Nanoplastics can build up in plants over time, which can hurt plant growth.
  • Plastic bottles can also keep oxygen from getting into the soil.


Laws have been made in some states in the United States that make it illegal for people to use plastic bottles in certain ways. People in some cities in California can no longer use plastic water bottles because they don’t want them to get dirty.

  • Some high schools and universities in the United States have banned single-use plastic bottles, and this ban has spread to many other places.
  • However, the ban on plastic water bottles does not work as well as it should. People in many states still drink from plastic bottles.
  • The city of San Francisco has banned the sale of single-use plastic bottles on all of its government-owned buildings.
  • Among other things, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) does not allow the sale of single-use plastic water bottles on its grounds. If you live in San Francisco, you’re among the first people in the United States to do this.
countries that ban plastic water bottles


Most countries around the world have proposed a ban on plastic water bottles. However, only a few have implemented the ban. 

Also, a limited number of states in these countries have banned bottled water:

  • Canada

-There are a lot of cities and towns in Canada that want to stop giving out plastic water bottles. People aren’t allowed to sell or give away bottled water in some parts of the country. The ban on plastic water bottles mostly affects the city of Toronto, but it also affects other cities. Consumers are not allowed to use bottled water in the city’s parks and other public places.

  • Australia

-A complete ban on the use of bottled water hasn’t been put in place by Australia in all of its territories.

-Bundanoon was the first town in Australia to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. It is also the first place to completely ban plastic bottles from its streets.

  • The United States of America

-Plastic water bottles are being banned in a number of states in the United States. However, the regulations haven’t been put into place yet.

-San Francisco is one of the cities that doesn’t allow plastic water bottles in government buildings, as we said in the beginning. In some places, like the Washington University in St. Louis, single-use water bottles can’t be sold.

Why bottled water is bad for you


Bottled water is safe for people to drink. Before the water is put into bottles, it is treated and checked (Research from Clean Water Action).

  • Because humans are made of water, it doesn’t have an effect on their health by itself. Nonetheless, plastic bottles may cause people to be exposed to harmful chemicals.
  • Study: Bottled water may have microplastics in it, which can harm people’s health.
  • Microplastics are small pieces of plastic that aren’t bigger than 5 millimeters. They are found all over the world.
  • If you don’t store bottled water the right way, it can become contaminated with microplastic very quickly. If you eat microplastic, it can have very bad effects on your health.
  • It’s easy to get phthalates in your body because most plastic bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
  • They are chemicals that make plastic bottles and other things more durable. Because these compounds can cause some types of cancer, they should be used with care.


The chemicals that are made when plastic bottles break down can harm the environment. In addition, they can also get people sick. The process of making plastic bottles has a big impact on the climate. Countries need to regulate or ban plastic water bottles in order to cut down on the number of plastic bottles in the world.

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