Bottled water is another great example of slick marketing and corporate bullying. Corporations have taken something as simple and clean as water and created an industry with massive effects on health, climate, pollution and even oil.
This is usually a NO!
Bottled water is frequently no healthier for you than tap water and sometimes it is even more contaminated.
As of 2008, Americans were drinking almost 10 billion gallons of bottled water each year and at a price of $3.79 per gallon (1900 times more than tap water). But for all this money consumers were not getting a product that was really any better than the much cheaper tap water.
A study done by the Environmental Working Group found bottled water brands filled with chemicals and toxic by-products. Out of 10 brands of water tested, all were found to have some sort of chemical contamination. These chemicals included such things as:
These chemicals and toxins come from places like:
... and they make bottled water no better than tap water. The FDA regulations are not able to ensure a quality with bottled water that consumers are expecting.
Even the EPA has this to say,
Whether it travels through a pipe to your home or comes packaged in a bottle... all our drinking water comes from similar sources, either from sources we can see, such as rivers and lakes, or from sources we can't see, such as underground aquifers (EPA 2005a).
The water inside the bottle, no matter how pure, can be affected by the plastic bottle is comes in. Many plastics contain chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates.
These chemicals can leach out of the plastic and into your water, especially when they are exposed to heat and sunlight.
These chemicals can cause a multitude of health problems including...
Plastic Water Bottles have become a major environmental threat. And it's not just the obvious trash along the highway or overflowing landfill. Just look at a few of the environmental problems created by the bottled water industry...
Bottled water is not better for you. It has been shown to have toxins in it. The plastic bottle it sits in just adds to the chemicals that you are drinking. It costs $4 a gallon if you get the cheap stuff. Making the bottles takes a ton of oil, produces toxic by-products and the bottles pollute our world especially the oceans.
SEEMS LIKE A NO BRAINER TO STOP USING BOTTLED WATER!
But what else can we do. I mean the whole reason corporations were able to create this crazy industry was by praying on the fears people had over toxins in tap water.
So we are all looking for a cleaner, safer and better water to drink.
Filtered water is a great choice. There are filters big enough to handle your entire house and small enough to fit on your counter or in your 'fridge.
If you have the ability to get a whole house filter that is the best choice because it removes the contaminants from even the water you wash and shower with. You would be amazed at how many toxins and chemicals can pass through your skin and cause biological damage.
Look for a whole house filter that has 3 stages:
For a cheaper but still effective water filter a counter top model is a great solution. It allows you to have clean water that tastes better and you can keep using one environmentally safe water bottle and just keep refilling it. A perfect solution all the way around - A healthier you and a healthier planet!
Look for a water filtration pitcher that:
It is time to be a part of the solution. And come on - this one isn't even controversial or a hard choice. We all know we need water to live. We can all see the water bottle trash everywhere we go. Plus a counter top filter will pay for itself very quickly so you can't even use the money issue to get out of this one.
Step up - make the right choice!