This article is our compilation of the top 100 key plastic water bottle facts.

The article compiles facts from a wealth of resources across the web and beyond and links to each one individually. The devastating impact of plastic pollution and specifically plastic bottled water on land and in the ocean cannot be understated. 

These recycling and pollution facts will go some way in illustrating our severe the issue is.

Fact # 1:

It requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it.


Fact # 2:

Water bottles are made of completely recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics, but PETs don’t biodegrade they photodegrade, which means they break down into smaller fragments over time.


Fact # 3:

In 2013, ISRI estimates that 3.5 million tons of postindustrial and postconsumer plastic were recycled in the U.S.