Is bottled water a waste of resources?
Every product uses natural resources in its creation, and bottled water is no exception. However, bottled water is an efficient user of resources, a healthful, no-calorie beverage that uses less water, less plastic and less energy to manufacture than most other bottled beverages. Bottled spring water, for example, contains no ingredients to grow or process and therefore uses less water in the manufacturing process compared to other packaged beverages. Beer, on the other hand, produces nearly three times as many carbon emissions per serving as bottled water, uses several ingredients, and requires four gallons of water for each gallon produced. Also, Nestlé Waters North America's plastic PET bottles for non-carbonated water typically have less plastic than other plastic beverage bottles. That's because carbonated beverages or beverages that are heated during the bottling process require a strong container. Without having to heat or carbonate the water, the walls of a plastic bottle that contains water can be thinner, thereby using less materials.
Nestlé Waters North America realizes there is more to be done to minimize its environmental impact. The company prides itself as an industry leader in the areas of packaging innovation, manufacturing, transport and water sourcing. For example NWNA has:
- Reduced the amount of PET plastic in bottles by 60% since 1994 when the first .5 liter bottle was produced.
- Introduced the Eco-Shape® bottle in 2007, one of the first .5 liter bottles in the beverage industry to be lightweighted.
- Built LEED-certified plants covering 3.7 million square feet, diverting 22,000 tons of waste materials from landfills to date and resulting in vast reductions in energy use, water use and CO2 emissions.
- Saved 6.6 million gallons of fuel per year by making 98 percent of single serve bottles at its own plants, planning efficient truck routes and locating bottling facilities in the regions where most of the company's products are consumed.
- Employs 10 on-staff geologists, who manage the springs used for spring water products for long term viability.
Learn more about NWNA's environmental commitments here.