Not too long ago I asked some coworkers why they buy bottled water rather than using their tap water. “It’s healthier.” “It’s better for you.” I was skeptical of these vague statements, and when questioned, they couldn’t back them up.
Turns out they, and millions of Americans, may be wasting their money and creating tons of unnecessary waste by paying for bottled water.
This is not an isolated case, either; there are many similar brands.
Cons of using bottled water instead of tap:
1. Cost: about 7,000 times more expensive
2. Health: water from bottling plants not subject to same regulations and testing as city water – at best, it’s no healthier; at worst, it may be contaminated with bromate, a possible by-product of ozonation
3. Environment: less than 25% of bottles are recycled; the rest are thrown away – and about 20 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the plastic for new bottles
4. Lack of attention to municipal water: federal funds for public water have been cut, funds that should be allocated and used to strengthen public water systems, so we have sufficient safe, affordable drinking water for all
5. Erosion of democracy: corporations try to squelch and/or bypass citizen opposition to the privatization of water
My challenge to you: break the bottled water habit!
Do you think you need to buy bottled water? Tell us why!