Ditch the plastic. Bottle your own water!
February 22, 2013
If you think you’re protecting yourself or your child from the “nasty pollutants” in tap water by drinking bottled water, think again. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says, “Some bottled water is treated more than tap water, while some is treated less or not at all.”
The FDA, asserts that they “want bottled water to have a comparable quality to that of tap water”—which, of course, runs counter to the widely held public belief that bottled water is safer. But, what happens to bottled water during months of storage and transport? Chemicals in the plastic can leach into the water.
Speaking of the plastic, around 1.5 million tons of plastic are used globally each year in water bottles, generating tons of toxic emissions for manufacturing. Depending on where you live and your local water sources, your tap water might actually be safer and cleaner than bottled water. Most municipal water facilities have higher standards for water safety than a bottled water company might have, so you really need to do your research before assuming whether or not your tap water is safe.
Another thing to consider about bottled water is the pollution from distribution and from discarding so many bottles. Add that in and you’ve created a vicious cycle – people drink bottled water because they think it is more safe than tap water, but consumption of bottled water only leads to more pollution. Save money and reduce pollution by buying a good water filter and bottling your own water in a safe, reusable container.