3 Reasons to Limit Bottled Water
It is a basic human need to drink water and hydrate. In the United States, bottled water is the go-to way to hydrate. In fact, the U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of bottled water, and most people report that they prefer to drink bottled water over tap water because they believe it is “safer.” But at the office and at home, you may want to limit bottled water intake.
About 25% of bottled water is actually from a tap, and tap water is actually more frequently and intensely regulated than the water that comes in bottles. Not only is the water quality not significantly different, but the amount of energy and materials needed to produce the disposable bottles may not be worth the convenience or the amount of money you end up spending! Here are 3 reasons why purchasing a reusable bottle can benefit the environment, your wallet and your health.
Tap water is just as safe (or safer) than bottled water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires regular testing of public tap water for safety and makes information about water source and compliance with regulations available to the public. Bottled water is considered a “food product,” which means that regulation is carried out by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instead. The FDA does not require bottled water companies to use certified laboratories for water quality testing nor to report test results. This means that bottled water is not necessarily any cleaner or safer than drinking from the tap. In fact, the tap could be the better option in terms of cleanliness!
Drinking tap water can save you money. You may be paying 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than for tap! Nationally, bottled water costs between $1.00 and $7.50 per gallon on average, whereas tap water costs as low as between one-quarter and one-half of a cent per gallon on average.
A reusable water bottle can help you use fewer plastic bottles. Though recycling of plastic bottles is encouraged and recycling bins are available in most places, many people still toss used bottles into regular trashcans, causing them to end up in landfills. Once in a landfill, it can take up to 400 years for plastic bottles to finally break down. Plus, as plastic breaks down, it also releases chemicals into the environment that can disrupt the natural ecosystem. A reusable bottle can prevent this from happening and decrease your carbon footprint.
Have a favorite reusable bottle, or other ways to limit bottled water usage? Share in the comments!