Bottled Water No Better than Tap Water

A new study shows that bottled water is no bottled water is no cleaner than tap water.

A study by an environmental group of 10 leading brands of bottled water sold in the United States found they contained many of the same chemical and biological impurities as tap water, but an industry body said their bottled water was within regulation standards.

That fact, coupled with the fact that plastic water bottles are beginning to choke our sewers, landfills and oceans, it’s surprising that there hasn’t been a coordinated effort to ditch buying it for good.  It takes a pretty long time for a plastic water bottle to biodegrade.

  • The Pacific Institute, a California think tank on sustainability issues, contends that producing bottles for US water consumption required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil in 2006, not including the energy for transportation.
  • The group says bottling water for Americans produces more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide and consumes three liters of water for each liter of bottled water produced.
  • 70 million disposable plastic water bottles are consumed in the US each day
  • Every year 22 billion bottles either go in the landfill or are incinerated and it takes 1000 years for a water bottle to decompose in a landfill

So what can we do?  Instead of wasting money on bottled water, get a safe, reusable water bottle to carry around.  You’ll save money and save the environment.  It’s a win/win.

The Good Human put together a great list of alternatives to buying bottled water.

The best way to get your daily dose of water on the go, in my opinion, is a stainless steel reusable container. Kleen Kanteen is a large manufacturer of these type of bottles, and you can get them from Reusable Bags. They are made entirely out of stainless steel, which does not leach, is difficult to break or crack, and does not easily stain or interact with whatever product you are consuming. The water always tastes good out of it (at least ours does, and it is Los Angeles tap water!) and it keeps it reasonably cold for a little while when we go hiking or out in the sun.

I’m guilty of buying multiple bottles of water at work everyday so I just ordered this Kleen Kanteen.

Go.  Buy.  Save.  Protect.  Enjoy.


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