Do you drink bottled water?
I don’t, and neither should you.
I’m up on my soap box again, and this time it’s for a darn good reason, actually, it’s always for a good reason, but this time it’s to save you some money, and the planet!
Bottled water is a hot topic here in Arizona. When the sun heats up this time of year, and we are nearing triple digit temperatures (which seem cool compared the full blown summer blistering heat) most people will be seen carrying a plastic water bottle. The situation is clear, we NEED water, not only need it, but our bodies CRAVE it in this heat. Bottled water is so easy to get and carry with you. But how often do you stop and think about what exactly that simple bottle means?
That bottle started it’s life in a factory. A factory that used a disturbing amount of water just to make the bottle. Not only water goes into bottle production, but massive quantities of oil too…and hey, you did know we’re in an oil crisis, right?
Then the bottle is filled. Surprisingly, you may think you’re drinking crystal clear mineral spring water…but you’re not. You’re most likely just drinking plain old filtered tap water. But not the same tap water you’d find at home. Nope, the FDA does not have the same stipulations on bottled water as the EPA sets for tap water. Some bottled water can be better regulated than tape, and some worse.
All those bottles are then transported thousands of miles to your store shelf. That’s thousands of miles of fuel and pollution going into the atmosphere to bring you something you can get from your tap.
By the time that bottle reached your hands it has had a fairly decent footprint on this planet.
It gets worse though. Almost 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled. They add to the tons of trash that is loaded up in landfills, and filling our oceans.
Maybe you don’t always recycle, but you think you’re doing the right thing by RE-USING your bottle, eh? If you do practice this, be careful. A water bottle that has been opened and left in a warm spot can become breeding grounds for bacterial growth.
Side water story —
As you well know, us Fays use stainless steel water bottles. And we are not afraid of plain old tap water either.
This wasn’t always the case though.
A few years ago I was fighting the water fight against my husband. It took me a long time to get him adjusted to drinking filtered tap water. Before then, he was a big bottled water consumer. For years, he was adament that plain tap water tasted gross and was bad for him (umm…U.S tap water is among the safest in the world) I like to prove points though, so I ran a little experiment.
For three months I stopped filtering our water. I wouldn’t run it through the Brita filter, but just put it in the jug in the fridge. I waited, holding my breath all the while, for him to say something about it being bad tasting. Not a peep. Never.
So finally, one day I told him the truth, he had been drinking tap water, unfiltered for months, and had never noticed a change.
He never complained about tap water again.
So if I can get my bottled water only drinker to turn in to a brave tap water drinker…don’t you think you would be up for at least dropping the bottled water habit?
I have no qualms with filtered water, we do use our fridge filtration system since it’s already cold. But for goodness sake, stop using those plastic bottles! Save yourself some major dough and use the stuff that comes from your tap (or fridge).
If you are an avid bottled water drinker like Jamie in my comments – do your research. We should always be careful of what we put in and on our bodies.