The Hard Facts About Bottled Water?
The Hard Facts About Bottled Water? > Have you ever thought about that bottle of water you’re drinking? Most of us consume bottled water in massive quantities without giving it a second thought. We buy it by the case, burn through the bottles, and then toss them in the trash. And we do all this without considering the cost of making bottled water.
It’s understandable. There are times when clean water simply isn’t available and you have to drink prepackaged water. But before making decisions about bottled water, it’s essential that you know the hard facts. You need to know where it comes from, what it costs to make, and the environmental impact.
Once you know the facts, you can make educated decisions about when it’s appropriate to purchase bottled water and when you should choose something else.
In this post, we’re simply going to give you the facts. We’re going to give you insight into the production costs, the energy required, and the impact of the bottled water industry.
At the end of the article, we’ll present with you some alternatives to consider.
As G.I. Joe used to say, “Knowing is half the battle.”
Ready? Let’s dive in.
Facts About Bottled Water
1 – Bottled Water Isn’t Necessarily Cleaner or Healthier Than Tap Water.
Most people assume that bottled water is clean. After all, it has names like “Aquafina” and “Fiji” and “Crystal Springs”. It sounds like the water has been collected from an ice cold stream in the Himalayan mountains.
What most people don’t realise is that some bottled water is actually just tap water that has been put into a plastic bottle. The only special thing about it is the multi-million dollar marketing campaign behind it.
2 – The Average American Consumes A Lot Of Bottled Water
On average, Americans consume 36.4 gallons of bottled water per person every year. That ends up being somewhere around 1.7 billion half-liter bottles. Of course, all these bottles must be made and then must end up somewhere when empty. The massive consumption of bottled water requires huge amounts of resources to be created and discarded.