As someone who cares deeply about the environment, it has always been a goal of mine to seek out ways I can be as environmentally friendly as possible. I take shorter showers, I recycle as much as possible, I spread the word as much as I can.
But it always boggles my mind whenever I see someone drinking bottled water. For a bajillion reasons but let me just spell out at few.
As an Environmental Studies minor in college, I am constantly studying and being shown the endless studies that statistics that have been done about plastic water bottles and how detrimental they are to the environment. I forget sometimes that not everyone is as aware of the overwhelming statistical evidence that bottled water is a scam.
I don’t need that trash.
Bottled water takes a tremendous amount of petroleum to manufacture the plastic bottles that are designed to be used once and thrown away. An estimated 17 million barrels of oil a year are used up to sustain United State’s demand for plastic water bottle manufacturing. That’s not even including the transportation involved to ship those products all over the world.
Not to mention, It’s not even economic to buy bottled water.
The recommended amount of water to have each day is eight glasses. To sustain that over the course of the year with tap water costs about 49 cents, when bottled water can rack an annual cost of $1,4oo.
BOTTLED WATER ISN’T EVEN CLEANER!
Seriously people. Municipal water that comes out of our sinks and water fountains are regularly tested by the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the public water is safe for people to drink. Bottled water gets tested by the Food and Drug Administration, but the FDA is not required to share the test results with the EPA or any other external entity.
Most of the water that bottled water companies sell to us at a super inflated price is just municipal water – tap water – any ways.
For like, 12 dollars, you can buy a reusable water and eliminate yourself from being another statistic.
With oil and fresh water becoming precious resources, eliminating the bottled water industry is a serious step towards reaching an environmentally sustainable future.
Why wouldn’t you take the st