Who knows what’s PC anymore when it comes to water bottles? Are all plastic water bottles bad? What about those stainless steel bottles – do they make the water taste funny? Isn’t bottled water safer than tap water? What about the cost of each?
Exhausted from all the question-asking and receiving less than fulfilling answers, you finally settle for buying a flat of 35 plastic water bottles from your favorite wholesale company.
Here are the facts:
Drinking bottled water increases waste. It’s estimated that Americans throw away 2.5 million water bottles every hour. Even though many people recycle, the recycling rate for plastic water bottles is estimated to be around 27%. That means that the majority of plastic bottles produced end up in landfills or water systems.
Reusing a disposable plastic water bottle is another route you can take. However, some believe that if these water bottles are reused multiple times, bacteria and chemicals from the plastic can seep into the water. It might be easier, but in the long run, reusing disposable plastic water bottles and then recycling only presents more problems.
Bottled water isn’t safer than tap water. According to foodandwaterwatch.com, tap water is actually more strictly regulated than bottled water and in 2009, most bottled water came from tap water supplies ( Bottled Water – Illusions of Purity ). With a good filter, your tap water could be that much better than bottled water.
Drinking tap water is a lot cheaper than drinking bottled water. When you buy the 35 water bottle flat, you spend about $0.95 per gallon. Water from the tap costs about $0.002 per gallon. There’s no question that tap water is a better deal than even the cheapest bottled water.
Thankfully, like many Green things, reducing this plastic water bottle waste and…