Water Bottles Compared to the Blue Bottle Filter

Let’s take a look at the proverbial goliath of the water industry, the single-use water bottle. In the USA alone, we use over 50 billion single-use bottles each year. How does this compare to a five gallon filter?

Comparing the Money

A quick Google search shows the lowest price for a 40 pack of water bottles to come in at $3.99. With the bottles holding 16.9 fl oz of water each, and a gallon of water being 128 fl oz, we can calculate the following:

Price per gallon for Cheap Water Bottles: $1.32

Price per gallon for the Blue Bottle Filter: $0.13

Even in this extreme example of high quantity and low cost, the single-use bottle still comes in at over 10x the cost of Blue Bottle Filtered water.

Comparing the Environmental Impact

Using the most common single-use bottle size of 16.9 fl oz per water bottle, it takes approximately 38 water bottles to hold five gallons of water. Let’s visualize.

The Blue Bottle Filter’s lifetime capacity is 120* gallons, or 24 refills of the same blue water bottle. That’s equal to 912 of the 16.9 fl oz water bottles. Let’s visualize again.


Comparing Convenience

There’s no debating it, single-use water bottles are convenient, but the Blue Bottle Filter is as well. Remember, a single refill of a 5-gallon water bottle is equal to about 38 water bottles. That’s 38 less things you have to add to your shopping cart, heave into your home, and crowd your fridge with. Meanwhile, the Blue Bottle Filter will show up right to your door or mailbox, and you’ll only need to carry around one bottle – a reusable one.

The Conclusion: Water Bottles are More Expensive and More Harmful to the Environment

The “better” solution to a problem shouldn’t create other problems, and that’s exactly what single-use water bottles do.

More about Plastic Water Bottles and the Environment: Is Recycling Enough?

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) released their latest study on recycling rates for PET, the plastic used to make water bottles, in October of 2016. In it, they stated that:

In 2015, approximately 5,971 million pounds of PET bottles were sold into the marketplace in the US. About 30.1 percent of those—1,797 million pounds—were collected through recycling programs and sold, either to domestic or foreign markets.

That leaves another 4,174,000,000 pounds of plastic that ends up in our landfills or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. “Great” here refers to size only, not an accomplishment of making an island of trash.

Save yourself money, save yourself a trip to the store, save the planet, buy a Blue Bottle Filter.

Additional information

Want to learn more about the repercussions of single-use bottles? We recommend you visit Ban the Bottle for additional information.