Bottled Water: 4 Reasons You Should Stop Drinking It
4 Reasons You Should Stop Drinking Bottled Water
Written by: Kat Gal
One of the first things I learned when I started running competitively in college was to hydrate well. I was chugging down at least 10 glasses worth of water a day if not more like a champ. I was also buying a lot of bottled water. The latter was not the healthiest or most money-saving decision I’ve made…
I know better now. Nowadays I still drink plenty of water – because hydration is important and because I actually DO like water. But instead of drinking out of plastic bottles, I favor drinking out of mason jars, fun glasses and my Organifi glass water bottle.
Even though bottled water was not widely available until the 1980s, it is one of the biggest commercial industries today. Even though it is widely popular, bottled water actually poisons billions and wastes global resources. It also costs a lot.
Here Are The 4 Main Reasons Why You Need To Stay Away From Bottled Water
#1. It’s A Ripoff
I don’t know how else to put this. Bottled water costs twice as much as gasoline and 2,000 times more than tap water. By buying only one bottle of water a day for a year, you will end up spending $546.77 more than when drinking out of the tap or water fountain for free.
If you are worried about fluoride, this is enough for 7 filters for your tap. Not to mention that most companies selling bottled water get 47.8% of their water from public sources, just like tap water – not from fresh springs as advertised. While the bottled water industry is making a huge profit, you are growing broke for no reason.
#2. You Are Supporting Unethical Companies When Drinking Bottled Water
Nestle and Coca-Cola are two of the largest bottled water manufacturers of the U.S.A. They are also known for their unethical practices. Nestle has been linked to relying on child labor, mislabeling and pollution, while Coca-Cola has spent millions on preventing GMO labeling. These are not causes or companies you want to support.
#3. Water Bottles Destroy The Environment
The bottled water industry in the U.S. alone uses enough fossil fuels to keep 1 million cars running per year. Fossil fuels are contributing to the majority of the world’s environmental issues today. Only 20% of plastic water bottles get recycled yet they take up to a thousand years to decompose. Meanwhile they are leaking into groundwater, as well as killing our animals, especially sea life.
#4. Water Bottles Are Bad For Your Health
Do you know what plastic stands for? Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. PET bottles contain a chemical called antimony that has been linked to depression and dizziness. Furthermore, many plastic bottles contain BPA. BPA has been linked to obesity, birth defects and behavioral problems. While Canada has banned BPA, the U.S. is yet to follow.
What Can You Do?
- Stop buying bottled water.
- Drink tap water, but try to use water filters whenever possible.
- If you have access to it, get water directly from a spring or well.
- Drink out of glass: use glasses, Mason jars and glass water bottles.
- If using a plastic bottle, make sure it is BPA-free.
How often do you buy bottled water (be honest)? What steps will you make to reduce buying bottled water? Do you use water filters or filtered water bottles? Why or why not? Do you trust your tap water? Share your thoughts in the comments below. As always, we’d love to hear from you.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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