Conventional bottled water isn’t cheap. According to an article on the San Francisco Chronicle website, it can be anywhere from 240 to 10,000 times more expensive than tap water.
So where does all that added cost from? Some of it derives from the expenses involved in processing the water and then transporting it, two things that involve the use of expensive fossil fuels. But another part has to do with costs associated with producing the plastic bottles used to hold the water.
Plastic bottles are the end result of a multi-step process. Plastic begins as a mixture of oil, ethylene, propylene and other materials. From there, it gets molded. Once it’s filled with water, a machine glues a label on the front. Then the bottles get grouped, boxed and shipped to vendors and consumers. And all that costs money.
Seen in another way – and according to the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) –supplying American consumers with these kinds of plastic water bottles currently consumes more than 47 million gallons of oil. This is enough to take 100,000 cars off the road and approximately 1 billion points of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
Polar Station water and ice vending machines only sell in bulk – 1, 3 and 5 gallon size bottles for water, and 12 and 20 pound size bags for ice. This means that less plastic material gets used overall. Resources get spared and so does the environment, which too often becomes a dumping ground for used plastics.
Better still, our kiosks only use local municipal sources. And all filtering and processing occurs on site, eliminating transportation costs.
So if you’re looking for good investment, give Polar Station kiosks a try. Not only will you be getting in on the ground floor of multi-billion dollar growth industry. You’ll also be doing a good, healthy turn for your community and for the earth. And what better feeling is there than that?
Originally posted 2013-06-27 11:50:05.