I am not exactly sure of the year but sometime around the late 1980’s or early 1990’s a new phenomenon occurred. For some unknown reason, to this writer anyway, we became obsessed with drinking our water out of plastic bottles. Apparently convenience became more important than what was right or wrong or in this case environmentally friendly and cost efficient.
There are a few things that just are not right with drinking bottled water. The first is the bottle itself is made from plastic. Ok that was a no brainer. However, did you know that most plastics are made from petroleum? Yes you heard me right. One of the biggest consumers of oil is plastic itself. The next thing that I find wrong about bottled water is its price. When compared to tap water the cost is more than 500% higher. The same money you spend on one gallon of bottled water can get you roughly 500 gallons of tap water. Of course it all depends on where you live and what your water company charges.
The two most popular brands of bottled water, according to an NBC Today show study (non scientific of course) was Aquafina and Disani. They are made by soft drink giants, Coke and Pepsi. Here is the disturbing part. Did you know that those two brands of water are nothing more than tap water? That’s right; they sell you the same water at 500% markup that you can get by turning on your kitchen sink!
If all of this was not bad enough for you it takes about 100 years for petroleum based plastics to biodegrade, and from what I read, certain manufactured types of plastics (the ones you can not recycle) take even longer.
If you are a bottled water drinker here are some things you can do today to help. For one go to WalMart or Target or Kmart or wherever and purchase a reusable plastic sport drink bottle. I bought one for $3.00. If you catch a good sale you probably can pick one up even cheaper, maybe even at a dollar store. Then while at the store purchase a Brita or Pure water filter that either attaches to the faucet itself or the water supply line (if you are handy enough to install it yourself). Then when you want some fresh bottled water turn your sink faucet on and fill up your reusable plastic bottle and presto you have clean, filtered bottled water.
If the average person drinks just one bottle of water per week, which is low estimates from what I read, but nonetheless I will use this low estimates for my example, with 302 million Americans in the country, that would reduce the use of over 15 billion petroleum based plastic bottles. That is a huge savings on the need for oil, reduced landfill space, and of course savings in your wallet.
Make the change today away from bottled water and toward the more economical and environmentally correct option of reusable plastic sports bottles and water filters.
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