When I was younger I remember when no one thought twice about drinking water from the faucets. But for the past 50 years, pollution has become a major concern and people became concerned that contaminants were getting into our water system. Over the last couple of decades, we have seen an increase in the desire to be more healthy and to consume cleaner water...and so began the explosion of the bottled water industry.
But is bottled water safer? And what happens to all those bottles when they’re thrown away?
Here are some interesting facts:
Most of the bottled water you buy is just glorified tap water. There are a few brands whose water really comes from springs and mountain streams, but most are just tap water that’s been purified via some form of filtration.
Only 1 out of 5 plastic bottles are recycled. The rest just becomes litter or ends up in a landfill.
It takes 1 PET plastic bottle 700 years to start decomposing.
Americans buy nearly 1 billion bottles of water every week.
90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the packaging, not the water quality.
3 liters of water are used to package 1 bottle of water.
Plastic water bottles are petroleum-based. In the U.S alone, it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet the demands.
An estimated 1,500 plastic bottles end up as waste in landfills or thrown in the ocean every second.
The energy used to manufacture bottled water can power 190,000 homes.
Plastic bottles also contain Bisphenol A which has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and cancer.
The plastic bottles may be BPA-Free but there are chemicals in the bottles, such as phthalates, that can seep into the drink and be harmful to your health.
As we can see, although convenient, bottled water really isn’t a great solution. Not only for you but for the environment as well.
A couple of things we can do to reduce the amount of plastic bottled water we are consuming is to invest in a filtration system at home and switch to reusable water bottles. The filtration system will filter your tap water at a much lower cost than buying bottled water and provide you and your family with cleaner, healthier water. By switching to reusable water bottles and filling them from your home filter it makes it much more affordable. For the recommended 64 ounces of water per day, bottled water costs $1,800 a year, which is 26 times more than filtered tap water. Making the one-time investment of buying a reusable bottle and home filter will save you money and help the environment. Contact Tri State Water to learn more about getting a home filter that works best for your family.