Eco-friendly alternatives to plastic water bottles

Last updated: 31 August 2022

The facts about plastic water bottles

Bottled water is costly on the environment and on your wallet.

Australians buy almost 15 billion plastic bottles every year and many of these end up in landfill or in our waterways. It also takes 3 litres of water and 250 ml of oil to produce 1 litre of bottled water.

Buying bottled water is more expensive than tap water. In fact, bottled water is on average 2000% more expensive than the high-quality drinking water we enjoy in Victoria.

Here’s another way to look at it. It would take you 8 years of refilling your plastic bottle with tap water to make back the initial cost of buying one bottle of water.

How to avoid using a plastic water bottles

The great news is, it’s easy to live without bottled water in Victoria as we have some of the cleanest drinking water in the world.

Switch up your plastic water bottle for a reusable one

Reusable water bottles have become very popular. They now come in a range of sizes, colours, patterns and materials, including hard-wearing plastic and stainless steel.

Local councils are increasingly adding drinking fountains and water re-fill stations in town centres and parks. There is a mobile app where you can find your nearest tap water locations. For more information, visit the Be Smart, Choose Tap website.