4 Reasons to Ditch Your Disposable Water Bottle
1. Save Money!
Bottled water costs 300-2,000 times more than tap water. One gallon of tap water costs $.002 per gallon while a gallon of bottled water costs $1.22. To put that in perspective, drinking 8 glasses of water EVERY DAY for a year comes in at $.50 while the same daily usage of bottles water costs $1,400!
2. Environmental Cost
Transporting bottles water is not easy. Due to water’s high density, transportation, processing, and refrigeration requires over 50 million barrels of oil, enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year. Imagine one quarter of a bottled water filled with oil, thats how much is required to produce and deliver a single bottle of water. Moreover, 80% of single use plastic bottles end up in landfills instead of recycling centers, and decomposition takes at least 450 years.
3. Public Health Concerns
Bottled water does not require anywhere near the same levels of regulation as tap water. Ironically, nearly 40% of bottled water comes from municipal water systems. In other words, although bottles water is literally exactly the same as tap water, it costs up to 2000% more and comes out of tax payer’s pockets to begin with! The only time the FDA regulates bottle water safety is when sold across state lines, and that only comprises 30-40% of all bottled water sales. What this means is a disturbingly large percentage (22% according to one study) of bottled water violates state health limits. The majority of disposable plastic bottles contain BPA which has been shown to interfere with hormonal levels and reproductive dysfunction.
Once you make carrying a reusable water bottle around a habit, you will notice how readily available water sources are! Save yourself repeated trips to the store by making the switch. If you are skeptical of tap water’s safety, please remember utility company’s are legally required to test water purity for hundreds of chemicals every month. And if you are still wary then feel free to make an inquiry into your municipal water utility and they will be able to provide you with their certification.