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
water is normally accessible in numerous food and shop outlets, even in places
where tap water is drinkable and safe. The packed bottled 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 used in the production, dissemination, and transfer of
Life cycle of packed bottled water (PET
The oil is extracted from
the earth and then cleaned at a refinery. From there on hydrocarbons (extract
of clean oil) are transported to a plastic factory where they are molded to
form plastic bottles by heating and shaping accordingly. These plastic bottles
are transferred to bottling plant companies. There they will perform labeling
and filled with water. Now the bottles are ready for transport to a retail
store. From stores, we purchase them and bring to our homes. After we use, we
end up throwing in trash cans, our city/town collects wastes from our household.
Most of the plastic bottles that are thrown in the trash will end up in
landfills. While some are recycled and transport to a factory where they turn
them into other household items like chair, trash cans, and other plastic
items. In the long run, those items are discarded in the waste and furthermore
ends 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