How SIGG Water Bottles is Destroying this Planet
SIGG bottles are made of 99.9% virgin Aluminum. The Swiss Government will not allow SIGG to use recycled Aluminum to make their bottles. SIGG used to give 1% to the Planet and SIGG Markets their product as an Eco-Friendly, EcoLogical choice. TRUTH IS:
Aluminum is one of the most destructive mining products in the world.
Aluminum only occurs in aluminum ore (bauxite) in densities of 3 — 5% (meaning that for every ton of aluminum metal produced, 20 to 30 tons of ore are mined and dumped) and mining wastes make up the largest waste stream in the world, the reason aluminum is so destructive has little to do with the actual mine.
Because the melting point of aluminum is so high, in order to extract the aluminum from the ore and process it into sheets or ingots, it takes massive amounts of energy.
In remote places like the Amazon, this energy often comes from massive hydroelectric plants — dams on the wild rivers. These dams, while stemming the wild flow of the river and thus preventing the normal movement of wildlife, also flood vast areas of pristine rainforests.
Hundreds of large dams have been built to feed the demand for power for aluminum mines and mills.
One dam, the Tucurui Dam on the Tocantins River in Brazil, flooded 600,000 acres of primary rainforests — an environmental catastrophe of gargantuan proportions (see the abstract of an article by Dr. Philip Fearnside of the National Institute for Research on the Amazon, INPA) and his submission to the World Commission on Dams for the conference, Large Dams and their Alternatives in Latin America: Experiences and Lessons Learned, that occurred in August of 1999 in , Brazil.
One of the ironic realities of these dam impound lakes is that, when they flood forests, the trees under the water very slowly decompose. This decomposition takes place in an oxygen-deprived environment (called anaerobic), and the bacteria that decompose the trees are thus anaerobic bacteria. Anaerobic bacteria produce methane (CH4) as a by-product, rather than ammonia.
Methane (natural gas) is 25-times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide (CO2).
This means that a large hydroelectric dam that floods forests is actually more destructive in terms of global warming than a power plant that burns fossil fuels. Hydro power is certainly not the “clean” energy it has been promoted to be.
Further, the flooding of lowland forests forces people living and subsisting in those forests further up the slopes. Shifting cultivation there leads to greater erosion and therefore greater silting of the river. This silt can end up clogging the dam. Many dams that were supposed to last 10 years or more have become non-productive in as little as two years due to excessive siltation.
Not to mention the thousands of species simply wiped out by the flooding.
It takes the same amount of energy contained in a 12-oz. can-full of gasoline, to make a 12-oz. aluminum can.
Why are EcoLogically sound retailers still carrying this product? They mislead the public with BPA, and now they are fooling us with deceptive marketing / Greenwashing – GET SMART PEOPLE. GOOGLE Aluminum mining if you don’t believe me.
Information reprinted from: http://www.rainforestrelief.org/What_to_Avoid_and_Alternatives/Aluminum.html