Pick a typical household product and
construct the life cycle of the product from raw material extraction to
disposal. How is this life cycle different from a comparable product that
fulfills the same function?
bottled Water Vs Bottled ‘tap’ water
Bottled water is
normally accessible in numerous food and shop outlets, even in places where tap
water is drinkable and safe. The packed bottle water industry is a big player,
creating over $100 billion in revenue annually (Goldschein, 2011). In a period
of ecological concern, it’s worried that such a significant number of
individuals still consume bottled water, particularly as the generation of
bottled water utilizes three times the amount of water to produce it. Plastic
waste is likewise highly harmful; particularly as it takes a large number of
years to degrade in the earth and quite a bit of those that are apparently
‘reused’ get sent to remote nations for reusing or around 80% goes to landfill.
This mix makes a high carbon footprint outside of the consideration for the
petroleum derivative use in the production, dissemination and transfer of these
Life cycle of packed bottled water (PET
the oil is extracted from the earth
the oil is cleaned at refinery
a plastic factory the oil is transformed into plastic pellets then bottle
preforms are heated and shaped into bottles
bottles are brought to the bottling plant where they are filled with water.
bottles are ready for you so they are transported to the store.
purchase the bottle of water and bring it to your house.
of the plastic bottles are thrown in the trash and end up in landfills. Some
are recycled and brought to a factory that turns them into other items like
carpet, fleece and other plastic items. Eventually, those items are disposed of
in the trash and also end up in the landfill.
With cost a factor
in an intense economic climate and a lot of re-usable containers accessible,
why are so few individuals seen drinking from reusable bottles? In America the
normal utilization of filtered water is 21 gallons for every individual yearly.
Bottled water utilization has gone up 10% all around every year, and keeps on
expanding (Boesler, 2013). Most bottled water comes from tap water and it is no
safer than tap water to drink and can cost the equal or all the more than a
bottle of coke. There is a lot of potential out there, where individuals can
choose from stainless versus re-usable plastic bottles, filter pitchers and
even carbonators for the individuals who may appreciate pop and sparkling