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Friday, May 14, 2010

Say NO To Bottled Water

From an environmental point of view, drinking bottled water is one of the biggest contributors to pollution.
Did you know that about 30 billion bottles are produced per year, which means 17,000,000 barrels of oil are being used (which is enough to fuel 100,000 cars for the year!) plus 2,500,000 tons of carbon dioxide. 86% of these bottles end up in our landfills – in fact 1,500 plastic bottles per second land in the garbage... and there it takes about 1,000 years to biodegrade!
Did you also know that bottled water costs about 1,900 times more than tap water?
The average American spends about $400 per year on bottled water which totals to 100 Billion Dollars per year that is spent on this beverage!
An independent test performed ty the Environmental Working Group revealed 38 low-level contaminants in bottled water. 10 major brands were tested and each of them contained an average of eight chemicals including disinfection byproducts (DBPs), caffeine, Tylenol, nitrate, industrial chemicals, arsenic, and bacteria.
Plus, think about the leaking of the plastic that the bottles are made of. Especially when you reuse those bottles or when they’re exposed to extreme temperatures (like in your car – but who knows what they were exposed to before they land in our hands?)
Seems like we're better off just drinking tap water, which, according to the research done for Tapped! The Movie! is used in about 40% of bottled water anyway.
If you want to be on the safe side though, better get your in-house water filter and a BPA-free reusable water bottle for every family member. I personally have gone back to good old glass bottles. Until further research is done, glass makes me feel most comfortable.
By saying no to bottled water you save your money, our planet and you do something good for your health.

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