The Life of a Plastic Water Bottle

By Peter S. Green - 2012-10-02T21:18:26Z

Photograph by Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images

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Bottling Plants

The journey of a water bottle begins at the manufacturer. Thousands of bottles proceed along a filling line at Nestle Waters' Vittel bottling plant in northeastern France.

The bottled water industry grew almost 9 percent last year as consumers switched from sugary beverages and chose bottled water over the faucet.

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