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    Americans consumed 14.4 billion gallons of bottled water in 2019, an increase of 3.6% over 2018, and has been increasing steadily since 2010. In 2016, the sales volume of bottled water surpassed soda water for the first time, and this momentum has continued every year since then, making it the number one packaged beverage in the United States. As of June 15th, bottled water revenue in 2020 was 61.326 million U.S. dollars, and the overall market is expected to grow to 505.19 billion U.S. dollars by 2028.

    Globally, approximately 20,000 plastic bottles were purchased every second in 2017, most of which contained drinking water. More than half of these bottles were not turned in for recycling, while only 7% of the recycled bottles became new bottles.

    In 2013, Concord, Massachusetts became the first city in the United States to ban single-use plastic water bottles due to environmental and waste issues. Since then, many cities, colleges, entertainment venues and national parks have followed suit, including San Francisco, the University of Vermont, the Detroit Zoo and the Grand Canyon National Park.

    Should bottled water be banned?

    Banning Beverage Bottle water will reduce waste and protect the environment.
    In 2015, about 70% of plastic water bottles purchased in the United States were not recycled, which means that most plastic water bottles end up in landfills or enter the ocean, damaging the ecosystem and poisoning animals.

    In the Marine Conservation Association's international coastal cleanup activities, plastic water bottles are the third largest garbage after cigarette butts and plastic food wrappers. It is estimated that by 2050, the weight of plastic waste in the ocean will exceed that of fish.

    Almost all plastic water bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the raw materials of which are derived from crude oil and natural gas. The Pacific Institute found that it takes approximately 17 million barrels of oil to produce enough plastic for the bottled water that Americans consumed in 2006. Since 2006, the consumption of bottled water in the United States has increased from 8.3 billion gallons in 2006 to 13.7 billion gallons in 2017, an increase of 65%, increasing the demand for more plastic water bottles, thereby increasing the demand for oil and natural gas. need.

    Between 2012 and 2016, 23 national parks in the United States banned the use of plastic water bottles, thus preventing the purchase of up to 2 million plastic water bottles and the production of 111,743 pounds of PET (each year).

    A nationwide ban on bottled water will result in an estimated 68 billion fewer plastic water bottles produced, purchased, used, and discarded.

    Prohibit bottled water is good for your health.
    Bottled water is supervised by the Food and Drug Administration and requires weekly testing; the Environmental Protection Agency has conducted more stringent supervision on tap water through multiple tests per day.

    A study by Orb Media and the State University of New York found that bottled water samples contained twice as much microplastics per liter (10.4) as tap water samples (4.45), and 93% of the bottles showed some signs of microplastics. Plastic pollution.

    A study published in "Environmental Science and Technology" found that the chemical antimony (Sb) can be leached from plastic PET bottles into the water inside. After six months of storage at room temperature, the antimony (Sb) concentration of 48 brands of water from 11 countries/regions increased by an average of 90%. Exposure to antimony (Sb) can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, high blood cholesterol and low blood sugar.
    Banning bottled water will reduce the number of plastic bottles manufactured through processes that emit harmful chemicals. Studies have shown that the number of people with chronic diseases and birth defects in communities living near PET factories has increased. In Corpus Christi, Texas, where the largest PET factory in the United States is located, the birth defect rate is 84% ​​higher than the statewide average.

    So beverage bottles should be banned. Can Plastic Cosmetic Bottles be replaced?