Water is something that is essential for survival. Unluckily, big corporations have capitalized on this demand and have turned water into a commodity. Such corporations have done a great job of making us believe that bottled water is healthier. For instance, Evian’s slogan is “live young,” and this implies that drinking their brand of water is likely going to revitalize us and keep us youthful.
Bottled water companies have made every one of us skeptical of filtered water. To make matters worse, a lot of people have grown accustomed to the taste of bottled water, which is the reason why we look to the cold fridges and not to filtered water when we want to satisfy our thirst. Despite the temptation, there are still a lot of reasons why we should skip bottled water altogether.
1. The bottles of water are not sustainable.
Plastic water bottles present a very big problem for the environment. They are manufactured by using oil and other non-renewable resources which take hundreds of years to break down. Additionally, “biodegradable” bottles do not break down as easily as the label suggests, they are just made using less plastic.
2. Bottled water contains toxins.
Plastic water bottles contain toxins. According to the NPR, the toxins in plastic products can also “leach in and contaminate” the contents of the package. Some of the industrial chemicals which are used in plastics can also act as a hormone and can affect the brain development of babies.
3. Bottled water may come from the tap as well.
When we watch adverts about bottled water, we are led to believe that our H2O is being sourced from the volcanic regions, as well as heavily springs. In reality, this can also be the case. Nowadays, it was estimated that 25% of the bottled water being sold has come from the tap before being sealed. So, you are better off filtering water, opposed to buying it from companies.
4. Bottled water can also be less safe than filtered water.
Tap water needs to meet some health and safety regulations before it is distributed. But, it is very important to have in mind that bottled water does not have to adhere to the same regulations. Because of this oversight, bottled water can also be less safe, as well as more likely to contain harmful toxins, than water from the tap that has been filtered.
Just because companies brand their water with words like “purified,” it does not mean that this is actually true. Sadly, you don’t have any idea if your bottled water is in fact safe.
5. Water bottled productions actually wastewater.
Plastic needs great amounts of water to be produced. Ironically, it takes a lot of water for making water bottles. NPR estimates that it could take about 6 to 7 bottles worth of water to make the container. That is really a lot of waste. You can just pour yourself a glass of water from the tap and filter it.