Bottled Water and Energy Fact Sheet

Bottle of water against a blue background

Published: February 2007

Authors: Peter Gleick

Pages: 1



The growing consumption of bottled water raises questions about the product’s economic and environmental costs. Among the most significant concerns is the cost of the resources required to produce plastic bottles and deliver the filled bottles to consumers, including both energy and water resources. This fact sheet examines the environmental, energy, and transportation costs of bottled water production and consumption.