How much are you honestly ready to spend on something that is free or very cheap? Why spend at all on something which is free right? Well we buy bottled water.
In the developed world, tap water is very safe to drink and at times safer than bottled water, then why should we buy something available on tap for free?
If you’re worried about ingesting the chlorine or fluoride that is commonly found in tap water then you can easily use filters which can remove those additives.
So spend your money buying a filter, not bottled water; here are 8 reasons to dump bottled water:
8. It’s A Joke
Did you know bottled water sales account for $60 billion world-wide? No this is not a joke, what is, is that buying something which you can get for free or in a cheaper price. While you still wish to buy bottle water big mega-corporations like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle are crashing. It doesn’t matter which brand you’re buying for bottled water, they all mostly tap water in plastic bottles with pictures drawn on them, and it’s nothing special really. The joke seems to be on us.
7. It’s Expensive
Going back to that point, the expense of buying bottled water can be compared to gasoline expenses which includes the cost of pumping from the ground in the form of crude oil, refine into gasoline and then ship to distributor. U.S pays a little more than $3 for a gallon of gasoline, and water has been found to be more expensive than that. While gasoline has 128 fluid ounces in a gallon which works out to about 2 cents per gallon, bottled water has to be purchased in a 20-ounce bottle for around a $1 in the U.S. This means about 5 cents per ounce which is 3 cents more than gasoline. No matter how you try to reason by thinking buying in bulk means less cost, you are still buying something you get for free.
6. Plastic Waste
Everyone should be aware of the fact that plastic can take up to a thousand years to degrade in the environment. Even if it degrades, it causes harm to the environment due to the release of the toxic materials that were used to manufacture the bottle. It is estimated that some 2 million tons of plastic bottles end up in U.S. landfills every year, and don’t’ forget the vast “islands” of plastic waste that floats around in the world’s oceans.
5. Less Regulated
You expect the bottled water to be clean and safe since you expect it to be somehow better than tap water, but tap water in the United States is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which has less stringent criteria. This actually proves that tap water is probably safer to drink than the bottled water. If you are worried about the quality or taste of your tap water, then buy a high-quality filter to make your drinking water safer to drink than bottled water.
4. Health Concerns
Of course health is the biggest issue in this case, and while big companies don’t recognize the dangers of storing food and drinks in plastic containers, everyone should know how harmful plastic containers are with plastics leech potentially harmful materials into the contents. It consists of harmful compounds called phthalates are one potential danger that could be leeching into drinking water bottles and putting consumers at risk.
3. Wasted Energy
Plastic bottles are manufactured with the use of petroleum products, which are also used when the product is moved from the bottling company to a warehouse, and then on to a retail outlet. The manufacturing process creates pollution and waste, which isn’t at all helpful to the environment. 38,000 trucks are transporting bottled water around the U.S every week, this causes pollution that spews into the atmosphere.
2. Pricey Tap Water
It is estimated that as much as 40 percent of bottled water sold in the United States is likely to be simple tap water. Yes, this will not stop following you around because this is what it’s all about. We are buying tap water! So tap water costs significantly less than 1 cent per gallon on average, how much do you think the companies enjoy selling then for 5 cents per gallon, just because it is in a plastic bottle which is more harmful? If you find “from a municipal source” or “community water system,” written on your bolted water label then it simply means “this is just tap water in a pretty bottle”.
1. Safe Water for All?
Do we all get safe drinking water? No not really! It has been estimated that roughly one in six people on the planet do not have safe drinking water, and about 3,000 children die per day from diseases related to unsafe drinking water. How unfair is that? The amount of $16 billion spent on bottled water by the Americans every single year could probably accomplish a lot when it comes to making drinking water safe in less developed countries. It could also be spent on other areas to even improve crumbling infrastructure right here at home.
You should give it a thought about what you spend on and if it has any benefit or not. If you are only buying tap water to escape the fear of having chlorine or fluoride that’s commonly found in tap water, then buy a good filter. Even a at-home distillation of drinking water is an option and that’s a process that removes virtually every additives and contaminants.
So spending your money on the type of water which might be more harmful than tap water just because it is in a bottle and nicely labelled does not mean it is better or cost friendly. While you are so much in the thought of keeping in good health, think about the environment as well, you owe it a thought as well!