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Join The Bottled Water Challenge!

November 29, 2011

My article was originally published on Ecover’s blog.

We all know that bottled water has become a fixture in our daily lives, but sadly it’s at our environment’s expense;  let’s look at some truths about using bottled water, it’s expense, it’s wastefulness, and the serious impact it is making on our world.

The bottled water industry is a very big business. Some companies’ expensive environmental-themed ad campaigns have been successful in convincing the public that “bottled is better” when in reality, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here are some reasons why it would be a great idea to kick our bottled water habit, STAT:

It’s no healthier than tap water
In the U.S., our tap water is regulated by the EPA, and requires your local utility to provide an Annual Water Quality Report, showing any violations of drinking water quality standards. Bottled water is regulated by the FDA, and has no such reporting requirements.

It’s harmful to our environment
Over 80% of plastic bottles are tossed in the trash and much winds up in our oceans. The bottled water industry produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year and approximately 47 million gallons of oil per year is used in production. This contributes to global warming as does the distribution of the bottles around the world via trucks, planes and boats.

It’s crazy expensive
By purchasing bottled water, you’re paying for a product which is essentially the same as water which comes from the tap. You can start saving money today by purchasing a reusable water bottle and refilling it with filtered tap water like we do at our headquarters where we switched to an Aquacare tap water system that purifies and cools tap water so that it is perfectly safe for drinking. Every employee has his/her personal refill bottle.

It doesn’t taste any better than tap water!
In taste test after taste test, people can’t tell the difference. Corporate Accountability International’s “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign held hundreds of taste tests and the results generally favored tap!

So start saving money today and purchase reusable water bottles for your family!

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