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Time to kick the Bottled Water habit – Yarra Valley Water

June 16th, 2021

Melburnians are being urged to replace plastic bottled water with tap water in a bid to shift our obsession with the bottled beverage.

Every year Australians spend more than $736 million on bottled water, and almost 375 million of our bottles end up in landfill and waterways, impacting the environment and marine life.

Yarra Valley Water Managing Director, Pat McCafferty said that Australia is making great strides when it comes to eliminating plastic in general, but bottled water remains a huge area for improvement.

“Australians have really gotten behind eliminating plastic bags and packaging, but bottled water is still a problem which is ironic as Australia’s tap water is amongst the best in the world,” Mr McCafferty said.

In a recent survey conducted by the Choose Tap Coalition, half of respondents said that their single use plastic bottled water purchase was motivated by the desire for convenience more than anything else.

At 2000 times the cost of tap water, plastic bottled water is an expensive convenience which is also much pricier than basic expenses like milk and petrol.

Mr McCafferty said that changing our mindset and making more of a conscious effort to fill a drink bottle before leaving the house would make a big difference.

“If we changed our thinking a little so that leaving the house with a drink bottle is the norm like taking your keys or phone with you, then fewer people would need to purchase bottled water on the run.

“It may be tempting to think that buying one extra bottle won’t hurt, but all of us adopting this mindset leads to millions of bottles in landfill,” Mr McCafferty said.

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