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Environmental Impact of Bottled Water

Growing health concerns have made us more aware of everything that we eat and drink, including the quality of our drinking water. The many water-borne diseases that have cropped up in recent times, thanks to the widespread contamination of our natural water supplies from industrial and commercial activities, have prompted most of us to ensure our safety by purchasing bottled water. That’s all well and good and certainly understandable, but the thing is when we do that we’re contributing to the problem rather than solving it, primarily because of the bottles themselves.

Bottled water typically comes in one-use plastic bottles that are highly toxic to the environment. It requires a lot of fossil fuel to produce, and when discarded, they are not generally recyclable unless they are Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, and those are only 1 in every 5 bottles produced because they are more expensive. Non-recyclable bottles become litter and contribute 2 million tons to the already overflowing landfills in the US every year. If they are incinerated they release deadly hydrocarbons into the air. If that doesn’t convince you to stop buying bottled water, consider this: bottled water costs as much as 300 times that of tap water.

It is just makes environmental and practical sense not to buy bottled water and to rely on the municipally-treated water that is available in most homes in the US with a twist of the tap for our drinking water needs.