We are all guilty of drinking bottled water, but what many of us don’t even realise is that it’s something we should question. Drinking bottled water has almost become a way of life for many Americans.
Although people are often skeptical of tap water, they feel it’s not as safe as drinking bottled water. Some people refuse to drink tap simply because they don’t like the taste. Public tap water is drinkablE, but sometimes the sight of a cold water bottle is just too tempting to pass up.
However, it turns out that there are plenty of reasons to resist temptation. There are a ton of really good reasons you should consider skipping bottled water all together.
Scroll below to discover more about the dangers of drinking bottled water.
#1: Plastic Bottles Leach Chemicals
You’ve probably noticed that plastic water bottles become softer after being left in the sun. The plastic can fully melt if enough heat is present. Moreover, bottled water can sometimes taste a little plastic-y, and that’s not just a coincidence.
Chemicals in plastic products can leach in and contaminate the container’s contents, According to NPR. The biggest culprit of this is BPA, an industrial chemical in plastics that acts like a hormone and can impact the brain development of babies.
Even plastics that are labeled BPA-free often test positive for other dangerous compounds.
#2: Bottled Water Comes From The Tap Anyway
Commercials for bottled water lead us to believe that our H2O is being sourced from heavenly springs with all sorts of healthy properties. The reality, however, looks a lot more like the inside of a factory. Up to 25% of bottled water being sold is actually just filled with tap water before being sealed.
Words like “purified” or “drinking water” lead us to believe that bottled water was filled at an oasis, but it’s actually code for tap. Many of the most popular and least expensive brands are guilty of this.
#3: Tap Water May Be Safer Than Bottled Water
Tap water has to meet all kinds of standards, but bottled water does not have to adhere to the same regulations.
The lack of oversight on bottled water can actually make it less safe and more likely to contain harmful materials than water from the tap.
In reality, bottled water has the reputation for being “pure,” but it’s just an illusion. In reality, you have no idea how well the water was treated.
#4: Bottled Water Has No Proven Benefits
Many people seem concerned about the quality of tap water, and choose bottled water instead. However, this opinion about bottled water being more healthy is completely wrong.
A four-year review of the safety of the water industry found no evidence supporting that bottled water is by any means superior. Basically, there is no benefit to buying a $3 designer bottle of water. Just drink from the tap instead!
#5: Bottle Production Kills The Environment
Water aside, bottles still present issues for us and the environment we live in. The high demand for water bottles means we use over 17 million barrels of oil on a yearly basis, according to the Pacific Institute.
That is a whole lot of non-renewable resources being used unnecessarily. Can we really afford to pour our petrol resources into making a bunch of plastic bottles?
#6: Landfills Are Full Of Water Bottles
The Water Project estimates that there are over 2 million tons of PET plastic water bottles overflowing out of US landfills. For reference, PET is a nickname for the plastic used in the thin, clear plastic bottles most of us are familiar with.
Fortunately, PET bottles can be recycled, but only one in five bottles ever makes it to the recycling bin; the rest are just taking up space and contaminating our precious planet. Which takes a whopping 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose.
#7: Bottled Water Is Expensive
Tap water isn’t technically free, but it’s pretty darn close, especially compared to the expensive bottled stuff, if you have to spend money on your water bill every month.
If you drink tap water, it costs you just a tiny fraction of your water bill. Bottled water can cost anywhere from 89 cents to $8.26 a gallon. Where a gallon of tap water costs less than a penny.
Hence why bottled water is much more expensive than tap water. So why pay for something you can essentially get for free?
#8: Water Bottle Production Wastes Tons Of Water
Plastic needs a lot of water to be produced as it takes a lot of water to make water bottles. In actual fact, it requires a lot more than the bottle itself can even hold.
NPR estimates that it could take six to seven bottles worth of water to even make the container. Instead, you could just pour yourself a glass from the tap.
#9: Tap Water Is Extremely Safe
Municipal water is tested rigorously before it can poured out of our taps. The EPA is responsible for ensuring our tap water is safe and contaminant free thanks to the Safe Drinking Water Act.
In certain cities they even require that water be tested up to 100 times a month.
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