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[Ambassador report] [Thematic Report] Environmental Costs Associated with Production of Bottled Water and Water Purifiers

by Seojin Lee | 20-05-2020 14:42 Comments 10 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Water is a necessity for living beings, including us humans. We are constantly in need of drinking water. However, even in the process of obtaining drinkable water, we humans harm the environment, which is certainly an unfortunate reality. In Korea, the two most popular modes of water consumption are bottled water and purified water. After researching the environmental costs that these two modes of consumption bring, I was surprised and saddened to learn how production of drinkable water can greatly harm the environment. 

Let us observe the environmental costs associated with producing bottled water. The production process of bottled water is heavily dependent on the use of fossil fuels, such as oil. This leads to massive emissions of carbon dioxide, ultimately contributing to global warming and other pollution (1). Specifically, during the process, 17 million barrels of oil are annually used to manufacture bottled water (2). Even worse, other environmental costs from bottled water also involve consequences after water consumption. 10% of the plastic bottles are said to end up in the ocean, unable to degrade, which threatens ocean life (2). 

In addition, the environmental costs involved in manufacturing purified water also have heavy consequences. Water purifiers often use chlorine, a chemical component, to purify the water. But it is found that excessive use of it yields toxic chemicals, which harm animals, the environment, and sometimes even humans. Other chemicals used for the purification process also lead to "toxic trash," contaminating the natural environment and harming animals as well (3). Furthermore, the production of such water purifiers and filters also involves fossil fuels. 

 To summarize, producing drinking water for humans also involves great environmental costs. While the manufacturing process of water purifiers have relatively lower costs than that of bottled water, both modes are clearly harmful to some extent. I think it is selfish of humans to mindlessly pollute the environment and unfortunate that the process of making drinkable water also threatens the earth. 

10 Comments

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Seojin Lee, this is a mentor, Sang Su Lee.

    It is so ironic that humans have to pollute the environment to get a bottle of clean water. As you've mentioned water is so imperative not only to humans but also to all living organisms living on the earth. Therefore, humans need to take efforts not to waste clean water by saving it.

    Thank you for your report!
    Posted 26-05-2020 22:12

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Seojin Lee,

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Environmental Costs Associated with Production of Bottled Water and Water Purifiers

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 24-05-2020 22:17

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Seojin Lee, this is mentor Taehyun!

    Thank you for reading the article about carbon footprints that can occur in the process of making drinking water! In fact, whatever activity humans are doing, it's a foregone conclusion, and it's time to consider how we're going to reduce it. In the case of bottled water mentioned, not only the process of producing water, but also the plastic containers you hold also affect the environment, so I think tap water and water purifier water have relatively small carbon footprints!

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 24-05-2020 02:31

Samiksha Adhikari

  • Samiksha Adhikari says :
    Greetings Seojin Lee,
    I hope you are well and doing great!

    Thanks for sharing your informative report.It was really nice reading your report.
    Keep writing and sharing!!

    GREEN CHEERS FROM NEPAL !!

    Regards,
    Samiksha Adhikari



    Posted 22-05-2020 19:23

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings seojin
    I hope you are doing well
    It's unhuman to pollute the sources this way. It is interesting to read your report.

    Thank you so much for this report
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 22-05-2020 14:41

Arjun Anand

  • Arjun Anand says :
    Hi seojin
    your article made me think of those nations which dont have any rivers. Those countries should be depending on boreholes or desalinated water. Having fresh water resources is actually a boon and protecting and conserving such fresh water sources is the greatest challenge which each nation should be facing.
    regards
    Arjun
    Posted 20-05-2020 22:03

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Hello Seojin Lee!

    I hope you are fine and doing great!

    Plastic bottles has huge negative impact on environment as well as human health.

    Thanks for sharing informative report!

    GREEN CHEERS FROM NEPAL!

    Regards,
    Sonika
    Posted 20-05-2020 21:47

Sagar  Koirala

  • Sagar Koirala says :
    Hello Seojin,
    Green Cheers from Nepal

    I loved your informative report on Environmental cost of Plastic bottle. Plastic Bottle are one of the very much polluting factor of the environment .Keep Writing

    Regards,
    Sagar Koirala
    Posted 20-05-2020 19:16

Manisha Pokhrel

  • Manisha Pokhrel says :
    Hello Seojin!

    Thanks for sharing this informative report!

    Posted 20-05-2020 18:21

Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Hello Seojin Lee,
    This is Bal krishna Pandey from Nepal.
    Thanks for your report about Environmental Costs Associated with Production of Bottled Water and Water Purifiers. It is interesting to hear that 17 million barrels of oil are annually used to manufacture bottled water.
    thanks for this detailed information
    Hope to hear more from you.
    cheers
    Posted 20-05-2020 16:59

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