Beverage Life Cycle Study

A lighter water footprint

Bottled water production is the most efficient and uses less water than any other packaged beverage option.

How does bottled water stack up to other beverages?

The environmental impact of bottled water has been singled out in the news recently. We wanted to understand more about it, so we commissioned a study in 2009 with Quantis, a worldwide leader in conducting Life Cycle Assessment Studies (LCA), to evaluate the environmental impact of our products. This comprehensive study looked at a variety of beverages, including water, soft drinks, sports drinks, enhanced waters, and juices. The research showed that water, whether bottled or from the tap, has the lightest environmental footprint of all beverages. And because water has no sugar or calories, it's also one of the healthiest choices of the beverages studied.

Source: Beverage Life Cycle Study


How Does Your Beverage Stack Up?

Bottled water's environmental impact is overall relatively small and see how it compares to other packaged beverage options.


Bottled water is the best packaged beverage option for the environment.

n all its varieties – whether tap or bottled – water has the smallest environmental footprint of all the beverages analyzed. Tap and filtered waters have the lightest footprint, followed by bottled water. The relatively large footprint of other beverages is due, in part, to the fact that these products have added product ingredients such as sugar.

Compare the Environmental Impact of Various Beverage Choices


Beverage Footprint vs. Other Lifestyle Options


Water has the lightest environmental footprint of packaged beverages studied.

Bottled water is less than 1/10 of 1% of the average consumer's carbon footprint.


 35% Transportation   • Whether it’s driving to work or school, taking trains and buses, or flying, transportation has the largest impact on each of our average carbon footprints
 26% Running our homes  • Heating, air conditioning, and electricity contribute to the second largest impact  
 23% What we buy  • Whether it's clothes, newspapers, or gadgets, what we buy makes up close to a quarter.  
 16% Food  • Food represents 16%  
 1% Non-alcoholic beverages
< 1/10 of 1% Bottled water
 • All non-alcholic beverages combine to less than 1% and bottled water is less than 1/10 of 1%