You wouldn’t believe it, but water is fast becoming the biggest industry in world economy. It used to be free and clean however, now big bottled water makers have found ways to sell you tap water in their bottles. This is why we think we have good reason to ditch bottled water for good this new year.
Resolve to make this new year, the year you stop purchasing bottled water. End the bottled water waste.
Bottled water is a $100 billion per year global business, despite the fact that tap water is virtually free and at least better regulated than bottled water. In 2009 almost 48 percent of all bottled water came from tap water. So don’t believe the hype, bottled water is marketed as safer and cleaner than tap, when in fact it is just tap. Ultimately it’s not greener than tap. To meet American’s demand, producing bottles requires the same amount of fuel to power 1.3 million cars for a year. You can avoid all of this by carrying your own reusable BPA free bottle and refilling at home or on the go.
Here are some facts about bottled water and why ditching it is a great new year resolution.
America is now drinking more bottled water than milk or beer.
The U.S. drank 9 billion gallons of bottled water in 2008, at an average of 30 gallons per person. Global consumption of bottled water goes up 10 percent each year.
Bottled Water is Expensive
The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
In California, tap water costs around one tenth of a cent per gallon, while bottled water is 0.90 cents a gallon. That makes tap water 560 times less expensive than bottled water.
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Bottled Water is Not Safer to Drink
Tap water — which is EPA regulated — undergoes testing for the dangerous e. coli, and is required to provide its source and produce quality reports. Bottled water, on the other hand, doesn’t have to meet any of those standards to be distributed to consumers.
Scientific testing proved that bottled water was found to be no safer than tap water.
Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and even death.
Solutions for Better, Safer, Cleaner, and Healthier Water
One water pitcher filter can effectively replace as much as 300 standard 16.9-ounce bottles. So you can get great-tasting water without the waste.
The average water pitcher filters 240 gallons of water a year for about 19 cents a day. Put that in perspective, to get the same amount of water from bottled water would require 1,818 16.9-ounce water bottles a year – at an average cost of a dollar a bottle, that’s $4.98 a day.
Hydration At Its Best
Carry the water you need and reduce your impact on the environment – making it easy to stop buying single-serve bottled water to fulfill your everyday hydration needs.
For about $10 each, you can purchase a 16-ounce or 32-ounce BPA-free bottle, saving you hundreds of dollars a year on bottled water. 1 liter glass bottles are also an alternative to plastic bottles.
More healthier drinking water solutions:
Take Back Your Tap
Filter your tap water with a scientifically superior water filter. Ultra Water filters leave essential healthy minerals intact while removing 99.9% of Pharmaceutical waste, chemical toxins, pesticides, etc. including chlorine, arsenic, and fluoride.
Whole House Water Filter
Using "acceptably" contaminated regulated tap water isn’t healthy in the long term, but what about showering, washing your hands, and cooking with it? Aquasana provides healthy whole house water filtration systems for your family’s safety.
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