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Plastic bottles are one of the top ten items found in beach clean-ups globally 


Plastic Bottles have many parts that are found all over the beach 

  1. Plastic Bottle

  2. Plastic Bottle Cap

  3. Plastic Ring around the bottle cap

  4. Plastic cellophane around the bottle cap

  5. Plastic label 

  6. Plastic sealer over the the mouth

January to August 31, 2020 South Mission Beach 1-mile of Oceanfront .

An an estimated 20% of all bottles are left on the beach in South Mission. 

  • 1001 - Glass Bottles Found: Modelo Beer, Pacifico Beer, Hennessy Liquor, Patron Tequila are the top brands picked up.

  • 1973- Plastic Bottles: Top Bottles Found include Water Bottles and Gatorade bottles 

  • 2078- Aluminum Cans picked up - Top Cans found: Modelo Beer, Bud Light, Coors, Cola, Squirt 


Surfrider Report 2019

1,885,833 Plastic Bottles were found on beaches 

1,500,523 Plastic Bottle Caps were found

 6058 Glass Bottles were picked off the beach 

7778 Beverage Cans were cleaned off the beach

4635 Metal Bottle Caps 


Single-use plastic bottles are designed to be thrown away after using. It is not just the bottle itself; the packaging alone accounts for much of the beach trash left to be washed away and eventually eaten by marine animals, our food source. 


Plastic bottles do not decompose and will still be with us for over 400 years. 


  • 1500 plastic water bottles are consumed in 1 second in the US

  • 17 million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year

  • The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container.

  • Bottled water costs 1,000 times more than tap water. Drinking 2 Litres of tap water a day only costs 50 cents per year.

  • 22% of tested bottled water contains chemical contaminants

  • 17 million barrels of oil are used in the production of water bottles yearly

  • It takes 3x the amount of water to produce the bottle than to fill it.

  • 14% of all litter comes from beverage containers. When caps and labels are considered, the number is higher.


What You are Paying For:

  • Aquafina (Pepsi) and Dasani (Coke) sell 24% of all US bottled water. Both are the same as your treated municipal tap water. Only they are resold to the public at a high mark-up.

  • The United States consumes the most bottled water, yet coincidentally also has the most publically accessible and safest water sources. 

  • The next three largest consuming countries of bottled water do not have reliable tap water- China, Brazil, and Mexico.

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