Be honest. How often do you recycle that plastic water bottle? Are you one of the 88 percent who throw their bottle out? Collectively we are dumping 40 million plastic water bottles per day. Stop using plastic water bottles and reduce your carbon footprint. (You'll also save money.)
True be told: 40% of bottled water starts out as tap water. Companies, like Coca Cola and Pepsi, take the water for free, running it through some filters, pour it into a bottle with a fancy name and then sell it back to us at a price 240 to 10,000 times higher than tap water.
Clever marketing has made us believe that bottle water is healthier and much more pure than tap water. But a four year study by the (NRDC) found plenty of bacteria and chemicals in bottled water. Since there are currently no regulations in place for bottled water it's hard to know exactly what you are buying.
Tips for Bottled Water:
If your water smells like plastic, even just a hint, don't drink it. Dump it or return it.
Keep your bottled water away from heat or sunlight. Hot plastic leaches chemicals more easily.
Don't buy water that has been on the shelf longer than six months. Ask the store how long it's been on the shelf. Dust is usually not a good sign.
Don't reuse bottles made for single use. They are breeding grounds for bacteria and will also start to break down quickly, easily releasing chemicals
Go with stainless steel or glass whenever possible.
Buy in bulk and stay away from the individual bottles.
Drink tap water. Buy a home water filter and start carrying tap in your stainless steel bottle. Save money and the planet.
Posted by . at 2/22/2009 09:19:00 AM