Bottled Up: The Facts Behind Bottled Water

As the need for bottled water increases, the questions start to rise as to what impact this is leaving on our environment.  One of the biggest concerns being the resources used to produce and transport the product.  Need some good reasons to kick the bottled water habit? Well here you go:

1. Cost:  Think twice about what it costs you to buy bottled water vs. tap.  Tap water from your local municipality costs about 1 cent per gallon compaired to $1 from a dispense machine, if  you’re lucky.

2. No Health Difference:  Bottled water has been shown to have no health difference compaired to tap water.  Bottled watered is just basically filtered tap water from the city where it was distributed. Many people think bottled water is safer than tap water. There is no such guarantee. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has strict water quality standards for tap water, but the EPA does not oversee bottled water, according to the Sierra Club.

3. More Consumption = More Garbage: Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year.  According to Food and Water Watch, plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce. And while the plastic used to bottle beverages is of high quality and in demand by recyclers, over 80 percent of plastic bottles are simply thrown away.

4. The Corporatization of Water:  The privitazation of local municipal water supplies has become rapid. Local economies are being effected by these purchases.  Corporations are trying to buy out rights to groundwater wherever they can.  They are slowly taking away our basic human right to water.

How can I help?  That’s easy, instead of buying bottled water use a stainless steel water bottle.   Another easy fix is to purchase an inexpensive carbon filter.  This will turn any tap water into fresh drinking water.  Lastly, stay up to date with local and global water issues.  The more you know, the more you save.