Monday, September 19, 2016

Why is bottled water so bad for the environment?

As people become more aware of the chemicals that can be found in tap water, they want to find something to replace that, to ensure that they remain hydrated. The obvious choice to help overcome this is bottled water – after all, that is produced in a way that rids the water of anything bad, and it’s preserved well making it much better for us... isn’t it?

There are a lot of myths when it comes to bottled water, and it’s important to know the truth with what you are putting into your body. For example, Food and Water Watch suggests that more than half of bottled water comes from the tap anyway, making it a completely pointless transition. Not only that, it can cost $0.89 per gallon to $8.26 per gallon, compared to fractions of a penny for water from your tap., making it much more expensive. On top of that, Health News research shows that the water inside the bottle can be so much worse for you because the plastic leaches into the liquid, leading to health and reproductive problems. When you combine this with the fact that most tests have shown that in blind taste tests, people cannot tell the difference between tap and bottled water, it hardly seems worth it.

And that’s before we even get to the environmental issues bottled water causes.

The Water Project suggests that bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. While they can be recycled, a lot of them end up in the trash with US landfills overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles. They are also one of the most prominent issues when it comes to ocean trash – plastic is the most common item found in the Earth’s water, which is a worrying trend that can be prevented.

People often don't realise that oil is also used to produce water bottles too – with over 1.5 million barrels used to meet the demand of U.S. water bottle manufacturing. Then you need to factor in the delivery impact on the environment, with 40 eighteen wheeler trucks used to make these deliveries every single week (source). There are a lot of factors that go into making bottled water, and that negative impact they are all having on the environment affects us all.

So what can you do to stop this from happening?

There are other water sources that you might not have considered yet, such as a water filter. This will clean out the tap water within your home in the most environmentally friendly way, saving you money in the long run. There are many variations of systems available to you, so you can pick the filter that suits your needs best. For business buildings or larger homes, you may even consider an indoor fountain. These are mounted to the wall and offer clean, environmentally friendly water to everyone.

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