The Bottled Water Dilemma
I am the first to say that bottled water is so very convenient. Especially if you’re running around on a hot summer day and need a quick, cold refresher. However, today’s tip will shed a little light on the long-term effects that our bottled water consumption habits are having on the world around us.
Sadly, the U.S. bottled water industry is slowly destroying this country. Check out “Tapped“, a documentary that uncovers the nasty truth behind the bottled water industry. Why are people wasting their hard-earned money on a resource that’s available at their nearest tap? These companies are turning around and making a huge profit on a resource that’s available to us for next to nothing.
I used to buy bottled water by the case years ago. I’d keep extra ones at work, in my car and the gym. After I educated myself about where it was being sourced & understood that it’s no better than my tap water, I made the decision to stop wasting my money. Occasionally, I will buy a bottle of water if I forget to bring my reusable bottle with me and it’s 90 degrees outside (and no water fountain is in sight). However, I don’t make it a habit anymore.
Need a few more reasons to stop buying bottled water & invest in a reusable water bottle instead?
- Bottled water companies sourcing the water from the same state they’re selling it from are not required by the EPA to submit annual water test reports. So, whatever tests they’re conducting on their own water don’t go beyond their company files. Have you heard of bottled water being recalled in the past? Well, this is why!
- Nestle, Pepsi & Coke are the largest bottled water manufacturers in this country. The oil used to produce the plastic bottles destroys the local communities surrounding the oil plants. The rural towns they get the water from (for free!) suffer from an economical standpoint and these corporations don’t invest any of their profits into offsetting any of the environmental damage caused by their water “drilling.”
- Only about 20% of plastic water bottles are recycled in the US each year, which means most end up in land fills. Sadly, they don’t’ remain there; when it rains, they’re carried into waterways. Eventually, these bottles end up on the Pacific coastlines and have been creating plastic “islands” in the Pacific Ocean. Our marine life have been feasting on these plastic particles and it’s estimated that millions of these animals die annually due to ingesting plastic.
Boycotting Bottled Water Will:
- Lessen the demand and help reduce the plastic garbage being dumped into our oceans,
- Help improve the health of people in the communities being impacted by bottled water production and
- Reduce millions of barrels of oil consumption each year.
Please share this information with everyone you know and help spread the word. Not only will it save your loved ones money, but it will help improve our nation.