History of Water Bottles
Fast forward to the 1800s, 1809 to be exact, when carbonated water reaches the US after Joseph Hawkins received his patents to create imitation mineral water. This process took off, leading to millions of bottles being sold annually.
By 1905, a doctor from England ended the typhoid epidemic with chlorination. This process uses chlorine to kill toxic bacteria. This process was eventually introduced to other countries as well, causing a huge demand for purified bottled water.
In 1973, DuPont engineer Nathaniel Wyeth patented Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, the first plastic bottle to be able to withstand the pressure of carbonated liquids. This process created a cheaper option to bottling than what was possible using glass.
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A few years later, from 1977 to 1981, the company Perrier claims the title as 'Earth's First Soft Drink', thanks to a series of TV and paper ads, marking this as bottled water's start of commercial phenomenon.
Jumping ahead to the early 2000s, the battle between tap water and bottled water is in full swing with beverage companies.
By 2011, via the EPA regulation, the average weight of a 16oz. PET plastic water bottle is down almost 50% from 11 years prior.
The following year, 2012, US annual consumption of bottled water reaches close to 10 billion gallons. That equals an average of right over 30oz. per person. Domestic bottled water sales hit a record breaking $11.8 billion that year.
In the promotional products industry, promotional water bottles have become one of the most popular swag items. They are both eco-friendly and useful as a giveaway to pass out at a meeting, tradeshow, picnic, or event.