Time to own up to an issue that nearly all of us contribute to….using bottled water. Are you one of us? Are you willing to stop?
Bottled water is fast becoming more than a pet peeve to me. When I see a celebrity talking about how we are destroying the environment, then taking a sip from a plastic bottle of water, it severely lessens the impact of their message.
Don’t they realize the damage water bottles are doing as well?
That’s just one example, but it may be the most visible one. Unless you watch the video that shows the island of water bottles in the ocean.
It’s something used so widely across the United States when we know it isn’t good for us or the environment.
Here are some interesting statistics if you need convincing:
- In the United states alone, 50 BILLION bottles of water are purchased each year.
- Usage shows an increase to 17 million barrels of oil to make the plastic bottles. That equals 340 million gallons of gas.
- Less than 25% of those plastic bottles are recycled. The rest are thrown in the trash.
- 40% of bottled water is regular water from the tap.
- The EPA requires multiple testings daily for municipal tap water and reports it. The FDA oversees bottled water. It is tested only weekly and reports are not made public. It makes me wonder if it is really purer at all.
Those are a few of the environmental stats. Next, look at the costs. Banthebottle.com reports that if you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, your annual cost is 49 cents. Yes, that is annual. The same report shows the cost for bottled water would be $1400.00 a year.
Personally I think that figure is on the low side, especially when you think of how many bottles are purchased singly at a dollar or more a bottle.
If you are concerned about the taste, add a water filter. A water filter pitcher costs an average of 19 cents a day. An equal amount of bottled water would cost nearly $5.00 a day.
Even if you can afford to spend that much on bottled water, it’s seems wasteful to me. At the very least, you can buy the gallon containers for less than a dollar. That would be a start to save money and conserve.
Get a reusable bottle instead. Refill it from the filtered pitcher. It is washable and will last for years. We’re on year four with ours and they look as good as when we bought them. The nalgene bottles works well too and cost even less.
I know there are times when bottled water is the best way to go. Often and airports we have little choice, though even there you can bring an empty reusable bottle to fill from a fountain once inside the airport.
Just imagine if we could start by cutting use by half. Would that be so difficult? What effect would we see if we used less bottles, less oil to produce the bottles? I hope you will join me. Make the effort. It is such an easy thing to do.
Here are a couple of examples of water bottles. We use the Sigg bottles, but the Nalgene bottles offer many size options at a reasonable cost. I do suggest a wide mouth so you can add ice it you choose.