Yes, drinking water is healthy, but disposable bottles are not the answer. Below are three major reasons why plastic water bottles are on their way out, and for good reason!
1. Purity of Bottled Water Cannot Be Trusted
Bottled water used to be the “cool way to drink water” because consumers are led to believe that they are buying a product that has been purified to a level beyond the water that comes out of their tap. Companies boast about how their bottled water is from the purest sources, with images of mountains and streams, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
According to a comprehensive investigation into bottled water quality conducted by the scientists at the Environmental Working Group, which included 10 major brands and 38 pollutants, bottled water contains disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication. The investigation revealed a surprising array of chemical contaminants in every bottled water brand analyzed.
Another important factor this study points to is that unlike tap water, where consumers are provided with test results every year, and can call for a water test anytime, the bottled water industry remains unchecked. They are not required to disclose the results of any contaminant testing conducted. To learn more about this, visit https://www.ewg.org/research/bottled-water-quality-investigation
2. It’s Not Cool to Spend More Money
Spending money on expensive brands is on the way out, and thrift stores are in! Millennial’s are a thrifty generation who prefer generic brands in most cases and are always looking to get the best value for their money. Although they may spend $1000 on a new iPhone that they perceive to be a necessity, buying frivolous items (such as bottled water) may be on the way out. The cost of bottled water is 1,900 times greater than the price of tap water. (That’s right, oh face emoji here). That is a lot of money to be wasted on a product that is now being proven to be no better than your tap water. The youth are creating the reusable water bottle trend, and this is a good thing – saving money and our environment!
3. It’s Not Cool To Damage The Environment (Or Your Body)
According to gogreen.org, approximately 1500 plastic water bottles are being used every second in the United States alone. This plastic does not biodegrade for well over two human lifetimes which leaves them overflowing our landfills, floating in our oceans and rivers, and sprawled across our sidewalks and highways. This plastic is killing our wildlife and leaking chemicals into our soil, which we then use to grow our food. The BPA in this plastic also releases toxins into our bodies… So, basically we are drinking toxic material when we drink from plastic water bottles!
Fossil Fuel – The water bottle production process requires a tremendous amount of fossil fuel to both make and transport. Imagine filling up your plastic water bottle 25% of the way with oil – That is how much fossil fuel is required to produce that single plastic bottle… For a single-use disposable item, That’s a lot!
Water Wastage – In the manufacturing process, a large amount of the water used becomes unusable and is wasted due to its exposure to chemicals during the production process. With so many people struggling to find a clean water resource in this world, there has to be a little guilt in every plastic water bottle thrown away.
Energy – When comparing the energy needed to manufacture a bottle of water to the energy needed for tap water, bottles require up to 2000 times more energy – which could potentially power up to 190,000 homes.
Human Impact – “Plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make the plastic hard and clear. BPA has been strongly linked to a host of health problems including certain types of cancer, neurological difficulties, early puberty in girls, reduced fertility in women, premature labour, and defects in newborn babies – to name a few examples.” (onegreenplanet.org)
In the end, it is clear to see that we should be making a clear move away from using plastic water bottles and moving toward home water filtration systems. Having a drinking water filtration system, such as a Brita filter or a self-filtering reusable water bottle is a good start, but there are many chemicals that can enter your body through your skin and lungs (think shower steam). The only way to fully protect yourself from these harmful chemicals is to test your water, and have a home water filtration system installed. Knowing that our air and soil are on the decline, we should recognize that our water is probably on par with the degrading quality of our earth, and we should protect ourselves from unseen toxins.