12 Reasons to Stop Drinking Bottled Water

Found this great list at www.thegoodhuman.com. I think Americans are so weird sometimes. We’ll complain for days about $3.00 gas, but spending just as much for a bottle of water shipped in from Fiji makes sense?! Every year we throw away 38 billion water bottles — in excess of $1 billion worth of plastic. Seriously, people: we need to kick this dirty bottled water habit!!!

So, here are 12 great reasons to start carrying water with you in a reusable bottle (like a Klean Kanteen, which I wrote about here).

  1. American tap water is among the safest in the world.
  2. As much as 40% of the bottled water sold in the U.S. is just filtered tap water anyway. Be sure to check the label and look for “from a municipal source” or “community water system”, which just means it is tap water.
  3. By drinking tap water, you can avoid the fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, disinfectants, and other chemicals that studies have found in bottled water.
  4. Tap water costs about $0.002 per gallon compared to the $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon charge for bottled water. If the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000.
  5. 88% of empty plastic water bottles in the United States are not recycled.
  6. Plastic bottles can leach chemicals into the water if left in the sun, heated up, or reused several times.
  7. Production of the plastic (PET or polyethylene) bottles to meet our demand for bottled water takes the equivalent of about 17.6 million barrels of oil (not including transportation costs). That equals the amount of oil required to fuel more than one million vehicles in the U.S. each year. Around the world, bottling water uses about 2.7 million tons of plastic…each year.
  8. Bottled water companies mislead communities into giving away their public water in exchange for dangerous giving away their public water in exchange for dangerous jobs.
  9. It can take nearly 7 times the amount of water in the bottle to actually make the bottle itself.
  10. On a weekly basis, 37,800 18-wheelers are driving around the country delivering water.
  11. The EPA sets much more stringent quality standards for tap water than the FDA does for the bottled stuff.
  12. One out of 6 people in the world does not have safe drinking water, and about 3,000 children a day die from diseases caught from bad water…that we know of. This while Americans spend about $16 billion a year on bottled water.

Still not convinced? Read this article from Fast Company magazine for more information.

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5 Comments for this entry

  1. jennifer says:

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



  2. Maureen says:

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words. Let me know if there are any specific topics you'd like me to write about.

  3. sarahbadics says:

    I am loving my Klean Kanteen. I think I drank more water today because of it and that is big coming from me because I usually take in at least 80 oz. It kept my water cool and normal tasting. AND I didn't pollute the earth. All good things right?!

  4. Katinagj says:

    My mother in law drives me nuts because she buys bottled water constantly at costco. I don't see the point when you already have reusable bottles. Not to mention here in washington we have pretty good tap water.. Nice post 🙂

  5. Donna R. says:

    Hi Maureen,
    Just wanted to reinforce what you are saying…my husband works in the water flow/purification industry. He's always been against bottled waters as they are not regulated by the FDA. You can basically put anything in a bottle of water and sell it no matter how many 'particles' of non-water it has. Our water in the US is the best quality and with our current available refrigerator filters, it's better than premium bottled. Thanks for spreading the word.

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