Why You Should Stop Drinking Bottled Water
Bottled water is healthy water - or so marketers would have us believe. Just look at the bottled water labels or ads: deep, pristine pools of spring water, majestic alpine peaks... In reality, bottled water is just water, however, that fact
isn't stopping people from buying a lot of it. Here are some solid reasons to kick the bottled water habit.
- US drinks 21 gallons of bottled water per capita per year.
- In the US, bottled water costs between $0.25 and $2 per bottle while tap water costs less than $0.01.
- The largest consumer markets for bottled water: 1) United States; 2) Mexico; 3) China; 4) Brazil.
- Global sales of bottled water in million users: 1) 2006 - 115.3; 2) 2011 - 174.2 (↑51%).
- 90% or more of the cost of bottled water goes to things other than the water itself - bottling, packaging, shipping, marketing, etc.
- Bottled water = less attention to public systems. Many people drink bottled water because they don't like the taste of their local tap water or because they question its safety. Only the affluent can afford to completely switch their
water consumption to bottled sources. Once distanced from public systems, these consumers have little incentive to support bond issues and other methods upgrading municipal water treatment.
- The corporatization of water in the world. Water is being called the "Blue Gold" of the 21st century. Thanks to increasing urbanization and population, shifting climates and industrial pollution, fresh water is becoming humanity's
most precious resource. Multinational corporations are stepping in to purchase groundwater and distribution rights whereveer they can, and the bottled water industry is an important component in their drive to commodize what
many feel is a basic human right: the access to safe and affordable water.
- The cost of PET water bottled. PET water bottles account for 50% of all the PET bottles and containers collected by curbside recycling. The recycling rate for water bottles is 23.4%, an increase over the 2006 rate of 20.1%.
Bottled water products up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste each year. That plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce.
- No healthier than tap water. There's very little empirical evidence that suggests bottled water is any cleaner or better for you than tap water. In theory, bottled water in the US falls under the regulatory
authority of the FDA. In practice, about 70% of bottled water never crosses state lines for sale, making it exempt from FDA oversight. On the other hand, water systems in the developed world are well-regulated. In the US,
for instance, is regulatory inspected for bacteria and toxic chemicals.
- The value placed on bottled water. Some brands of water are sold in 20-ounce bottles and can be purchased from vending machines alongside soft drinks - and at the same price. Most filtered tap water, bottled close to their
distribution point. If you compare with other liquids, bottled water can cost more than gasoline, which has to be pumped out of the soil in the form of crude oil, often sent to refineries across the world and sent back. Therefore, water
can be more profitable than gasoline.
- What's the best choice? There's a simple alternative to bottled water: buy a stainless steel thermos, and use it. don't like the way your tap water tastes? Inexpensive carbon filters will turn most tap water sparkling fresh at a fraction
of bottled water's cost.
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