Do you drink bottled water on a daily weekly basis? If so, is it because you have to, or is it your personal choice? If it is a personal choice, perhaps it is time for you to rethink and choose an alternative. Bottled water is convenient however bottled water has many negative effects on the environment. Did you know
- Although most bottled water claims to be from fresh spring waters, about 25-40% of it comes from municipal sources (tap water)?
- Bottled water produces around 1.5 million tons of plastic each year, which equates to almost 50 million gallons of oil needed to produce the plastic?
- Although plastic bottles can be recycled, over 80% are thrown away? This is bad for the environment because plastic takes a long time to decompose in the landfill.
What is a good alternative to bottled water? Buying reusable water bottles made of either glass, metal or plastic. The plastic for reusable water bottles is different than the one time use bottled water plastic because it is durable (lasts longer), dishwasher safe, and in many cases BPA free. Reusable water bottles are also easier on your pocket book; the cost is recovered quickly when you stop purchasing bottled water.
If you don’t like the taste of the tap water at your house or at work consider getting a water filter that can be attached to your sink or one that can be stored in your fridge. This will clean the water of any impurities and in most cases improve the taste. Or try adding natural flavors to your water such as basil, lemon, lime, or various other fruits, which will not only excite your taste buds but provide you with important nutrients for a healthy body. Bottled water may be convenient but if we want to make a positive difference on the environment it is time to kick the bottled water habit and turn to something that is reusable!