Depending on where you live, water quality and taste can vary based on where you live, the plumbing within your home, and your personal preference. A person might decide the water in your home is not suitable for drinking so they turn to bottled water. Look at the aisles in a grocery store. There are dedicated sections to bottled water. When you purchase a bottle of water, many people concern themselves with the effects of bottled water has on the environment or the extra cost to the consumer. We provide reasons to stop buying bottled water.
- Hurting the Environment
The majority of bottles from bottled water end up in a landfill. In 2015, the Association of Plastic Recyclers reported plastic bottles were recycled at a rate of 31.8%. Think about it. It still means over sixty-five percent of bottled water is put into landfills or two-thirds of 50 million plastic bottles end up in landfills1. Oftentimes, plastic bottles will not only end up in landfills, but floating in oceans, rivers or waterways potentially breaking down and seeping into our water supply. Water is a precious resource and we must value it.
- Bottled Water Can Be Tap Water
Do you know the where water in bottled water you’re purchasing comes from? Many of the bottled water products are nothing more than municipal water going through some filtration at a bottling plant. Manufacturers are great at marketing using the exact words to make consumers think their water is the purest water available.
Pepsico, maker of Aquafina, admitted that its bottled water was nothing more than tap water. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has limited standards for the bottled water industry, but they cannot control bottled water that has been bottled and sold within the same state. Consumers have to carefully look at the labels to find the source of their water.
- Money Wasted
Americans are by far the largest users of bottled water. According to the International Bottled Water Association and the Bottled Water Association, bottled water is the #1 beverage product in the United States for the second consecutive year. The average consumer will spend near $100 per year on bottled water. In 2013, according to Business Insider, the bottled water industry totaled $11.8 billion in sales which averages out to approximately $7.50 per gallon of bottled water2. Wow! It’s 2,000x’s more expensive then turning on the tap at your kitchen faucet.
- Contaminated Water
Just because its water in a bottle does not mean it is free of contaminants. The FDA does have some standards for companies who bottle water, but they cannot regulate bottled water bottled and sold within the same state. Oftentimes, city water is more heavily regulated then bottled water. Before you buy a bottle of water, take a real hard look at where the water is sourced and any other information pertinent to the water quality.
- Plastic is Harmful to Your Health
Many consumers are trying to live a healthier lifestyle and kudos to them. Drinking water is a great way to living a healthier lifestyle. Many consumers don’t think of the plastic bottles as being unhealthy. The biggest problem with bottled water is the actual plastic bottle. We’ve all heard of BPA in terms of plastic. According to the Mayo Clinic website:
“Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food and beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants, and children.”3
Many times, we will not drink all of the water in the bottle and let the water bottle sit for extended periods of time or expose the bottled water to sun or heat. When doing this, it increases the risk of the plastic breaking down and seeping into the water, causing possible health effects.
It’s certainly not too late to make a change in your water purchasing habits. Home filtration products, such as reverse osmosis, are a great way to know how your water is filtered and understand the quality of your water. You won’t have to concern yourself about any marketing slogans or false claims and know you are drinking worry free water.