We Can’t Bottle Up our Problems With Plastic

Bottled water and soft drinks have become ubiquitous in today’s on-the-go culture. The Guardian recently reported that more than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016 across the world, up from about 300 billion a decade ago. In the same year, less than half were recycled, and subsequently more and more plastic has ended up in landfills and in our waterways.

As of March, 2017, bottled water has surpassed soda and other carbonated beverages in terms of total volume sold. Most bottled water comes from municipal sources, and is no different than regular tap water. In 2007, the energy input for bottled water was estimated to be between 32 and 54 million barrels of oil.

What We’re Doing

Our partnership focuses on reducing plastic pollution from bottles in several ways. the Plastic Bottles Working group is exploring product stewardship, reusable alternatives, and policy mechanisms that target plastic pollution.

More Information

“Bottle Bills” commonly target single-use plastic bottles.   Find information on the status of bottle bills in New York and New Jersey below.

New York: Returnable Container Law

New Jersey: “The Smart Container Act”