The popularity of bottled water is understandable – those snow-topped mountains and sparkling tropical lagoons on the labels do a lot to help sell the idea that bottled water is pure and clean. But don’t be fooled by a fancy label; about half of the water bottled for consumers comes straight from the tap.
Perhaps an even greater cause for concern is the effect bottled water production has on the environment.
The downside of bottled water
Ironically, bottled water not only wastes water in production, it wastes other resources, as well. As one expert pointed out, about a half a pound of greenhouse gases are produced, just to bottle and transport a one-liter bottle of Fiji water to another part of the world.
Some other drawbacks to consider:
- It takes three times the amount of water to manufacture the bottle as to actually fill it
- Though most water bottles are recyclable, only one out of six is recycled
- In a single year, the United States consumes millions of barrels of oil just in the manufacture of water bottles
- It takes just a few minutes to drink the contents of a plastic bottle, but about 1,000 years for it to biodegrade
A greener alternative
Most communities have clean, safe drinking water. If you have concerns about your tap water, ask your local water utility company for a report. With the right water filter, you can remove pollutants from tap water and make your water taste and smell better. And unlike bottled water, filtering tap water is actually good for the environment. Not only does it decrease the need for expensive and wasteful bottled water, home filtration is virtually pollution free. One filter can clean hundreds of gallons of water which means less trash in the landfill and less fuel used to transport water to and from your home (and to and from the bottling company).
With so many advantages to using a home filtration system you may wonder why you’ve ever purchased bottled water to begin with. There’s no doubt that it’s convenient, and an occasional bottle isn’t going to destroy the ozone layer. Cutting down on bottled water, or cutting it out completely, is good for your health, good for your budget and good for the environment. Don’t buy the hype or the bottle. Drink clean, safe filtered water from home and you’ll be doing yourself, and the planet, a big green favor.
And don’t forget that simply consuming less water for other household tasks can save a lot of water, too.
Reduce your water consumption by using it wisely:
- Run the dishwasher or washing machine only when there’s a full load
- Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
- Install a low-flow shower head – or better yet, take a bath, which uses less water than a shower
The actions you take every day in your home can either harm or help the environment. So start making small changes that, over time, could lead to a healthier environment.