Stop Buying Bottled Water

Consuming water in plastic bottles has gotten out of hand. Everywhere you go, you see somebody carrying a non-reusable plastic water bottle. It just doesn’t make any sense and this trend seems to mainly be happening in America more than any other country.

Plastic Water Bottle
Photo by recyclethis.

Not Smart Financially?

Buying water in plastic bottles just does not make sense in terms financially. It can cost you as much as 2,400 times as much to get your water in a one-time use bottle as opposed to getting it from the tap. The average bottle of water will cost you on average of $.79 compared to just 1/3 of a cent from your faucet. Even if you are to use buy a faucet filtration system, it will cost you around $.02 per pint. That is still far more expensive just to have your water in a plastic bottle that you will end up throwing away after you use it. In our tough economic times, this is just one of those expenses that we need to give up, even if it is just in terms of saving money.

Environmental Impacts

With this rapid growth in people buying water in plastic bottles, landfills are filling up with more and more plastic. Americans consumed around 60 million pints of bottled water. In order to produce them, 2.5 million tons of greenhouse gases were emitted.

Unhealthy?

Many people buy bottled water because they feel that the quality is far superior to what you could get in your home. Is it really safer for you than that tap water? There really isn’t any definitive answer to this question. The FDA regulates this product and has ensured us that we are not at risk by drinking it. Seeing that some bottlers use tap water, what is the difference to what these products as compared to what you can get at your home? Even if spring water is used, it’s still just water.

Alternatives

One big reason behind buying expensive bottled water is convenience. I understand that it’s nice to be able to take your water on the run, but you don’t have to buy a plastic bottle to accomplish this. You can buy a reusable bottle whether it be plastic or stainless steel. I prefer stainless steel because it doesn’t leach like many plastic bottles and is much more durable. Some of the better brands of stainless steel water bottles include Klean Kanteen and Otterbottle. When you are at home, just use a cup. There is no need to open a plastic bottle when you are sitting at home.

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Comments

  1. In 1993 per capita single serve beverage consumption of bottled water was a little over 10 gallons a person. This grew to an astonishing 22.6 gallons in 2003 (and the upward trend has continued!). While our thirst for this type of disposable behavior continues, we don’t recycle those bottles. Almost 80% of these bottles go to a landfill. Also, the two biggest sellers of bottled water (Aquafina and Dasani) are filtered tap water from cities like NYC, Jacksonville, and Kansas City. This post really gets at the multitude of reasons bottled water just doesn’t make sense.

    • Pays to Live Green
    • February 16th, 2009

    Yeah I agree. I just don’t get people’s obsession with bottled water, especially considering that two huge companies get their water just from the tap. I currently carry a stainless steel bottle and have had it for many months. This thing has really held up and probably be using it for years to come.

  2. Groveland still fighting St. Johns district, water bottler Niagara!
    March 10, 2009
    “City Council members Monday met behind closed doors to discuss their legal challenge against the St. Johns River Water Management District and the water bottler Niagara. They agreed to vote on the issue at a City Council meeting next Monday, but council members revealed little else. Last week, the Lake County Commission voted to end the county’s legal challenge against the water-management district and the California-based water bottler. Niagara is asking the water district whether it can pump up to
    484,000gallons per day from the Floridan Aquifer from wells on its facility at the Christopher C.
    Ford Commerce Park near Groveland. Lake County and Groveland filed a lawsuit opposing the request, saying it would hurt the state’s water resources.”
    MARTIN E. COMAS Orlando Sentinel
    We’re on water restrictions all over Florida and not even allowed to water our lawns enough to keep it green! But, they’re going to let Niagra pump about a 1/2 MILLION GALLONS of water a day from the aguifer!! Help the small town of Groveland fight this atrosity today. Groveland has already spent almost $300,000 fighting Niagra Water Bottlers. Please call and DONATE to their legal fund. (352) 429-2141 HELP

  3. Totally agree, bottled water is pointless to me.

    I have seen reports of higher ecoli counts in bottled water than from tap water and I have seen many people reuse these bottles which is not safe as well as leave them in their cars which is even worse.

    I found the best if you need water in a bottle is to just use a cycling water bottle. It is durable, reusable and convenient.

    The problem it seems with bottled water is that people think it is more posh or fancy to drink bottled water. At least it is a better alternative to soda.

    Regards
    Mark

    • These plastic bottle are harmful to our body because they are chemicals! Especially when these bottles are exposed to the sun lights during transportation or storage. Harmful chemicals releases into the water. I would suggest we get a home water filter system and a glass bottle if need to go out.

    • Janice
    • May 13th, 2009

    I used to drink bottled water all the time. Then one day my sister came over to my house with a really neat glass water bottle. She told me about how big companies are trying to buy up water rights just so they can sell the water to you and me in one time use plastic bottles. She got her bottle at http://www.betrulyyou.com . I got one too. I save lots of money by not buying bottled water anymore, and I get lots of comments on the bottle.

  4. I quit buying bottled water about a year ago. I’ve installed a water filter b/c I didn’t like the taste of our tap water and it’s worked out great. It’s not just an issue of cost, we really need to start caring more about our envirmonment.

  5. I’ve bought some bottles that are supposed to be ‘safe’ plastic. I don’t know the specifics much about the chemical compositions that are harmful, but I just don’t know how else to carry water around since I travel a fair bit. :(

    Till then,

    Jean

    • Tanya
    • August 27th, 2010

    Our City is recycling sewer water. Doesn’t matter how much they treat it ( and with what? CHEMICALS???? )…it is still “water” that has been contaminated with Urine & Feces- Human, Animal, Reptilian etc., Pharmaceuticals – Legal & Not … along with Radiator Fluid, and whatever else people hose down sewer drains or flush.

    Since water tested still show “trace” amounts of all sorts of Narcotics, I’m certain, if tested for, it would also show “trace” amounts, of all of the above mentioned, offending additives.

    Therefore, I am VERY select in the water I drink.
    I do not drink our Cities water. Nor water offered
    while dinning out, nor any drink while dining out ( ice cubes).

    I bring my own water. It is Spring water. From a REAL Spring. Researched. I refill my own bottle that I carry from a larger bottle.

    Perhaps the Water companies might return to Glass Bottles? The water tasted so much better 30 odd years ago.

    • termlimits
    • August 28th, 2010

    The article is saying stop buying bottled water and next to the article are ads for bottled water like the one below:
    “Zephyrhills Home Water Delivery. Choose Your Plan Today!”
    This is sure some “green website”. LOL!

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