WATER BOTTLES PER SECOND end up as garbage
17,000,000 barrels of oil are required for those 28 Billion bottles EACH YEAR. That’senough oil to fuel about 100,000 cars for a year.
2,500,000 tons of CO2 are produced each year to make those bottles
$100, 000, 000, 000 (100 BILLION DOLLARS) per year are spent on bottled water
Research shows that for a fraction of the $100 Billion, everyone on the planet could havesafe drinking water and proper sanitation.
Simply put, the global addiction to bottled water must stop. It is unsustainable!
We at Camp Arifjan and other military posts in Kuwait and Southwest Asia are adding to this horrific problem, in direct contradiction to the US Army mission of incorporating sustainability into all aspects of planning and operations:“Sustainability connects our activities today to those of tomorrow with sound business andenvironmental practices. We have learned over the past decades that simply complyingwith environmental regulations will not ensure that we will be able to sustain our mission.We must strive to become systems thinkers if we are to benefit from the interrelationshipsof the
triple bottom line
of sustainability: mission, environment, and community. To sustainthe future Army we must implement effective policies and practices that safeguard theenvironment and our quality of life in a manner that our nation expects of us.”
Following is an Adaptive Management Plan for dramatically reducing the volume of plastic water bottles used at Camp Arifjan, and for instituting a recycling program for the bottles that remain as part of the mix of drinking water delivery methods.
US Army Environmental Command (1 October 2004). The Army Strategy For The Environment: Sustain The Mission, SecureThe Future. Retrieved on 17 February 2011fromwww.asaie.