The European Federation of Bottled Water says bottled water is better for the environment

The European Federation of Bottled Water says bottled water is better for the environment

The European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) has moved to dismiss criticism that its industry is environmentally-damaging by claiming that the ecological footprint of bottled water is lighter than other soft-drinks.

A detailed ‘sustainability report’, released late last week, highlights that it takes less than two litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water, clearly the lowest ratio of all packaged drinks.

A communiqué from the Brussels-based association of 26 national trade associations, representing more than 500 natural mineral and spring water producers, claimed: “You could say that drinking water helps to save water.” The report stresses that the industry recycles industrial water in production systems; protects its natural water sources; has been using low carbon or renewable energy sources, and has slashed packaging weight - from 50g for a 1.5-litre bottle in 1986 to 35g in 2009.

Federation president Hubert Genieys said: “Protecting the environment is a top priority for the sector.”

The EFBW report can be accessed here.