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Why You Need to Stop Using Bottled Water

by James Flint on November 28, 2020

We often prioritise convenience over health, and that’s certainly the case with bottled water. It's just so convenient to grab a bottle of water for the road, or when you need to quench your thirst on a hot summers day. But it doesn't need to be the case. Not only does bottled water hurt your wallet, it is also detrimental to the environment. Switching to reusable water bottles is the superior alternative in all aspects.

Reasons to Avoid Using Bottled Water

1. Negative impact on the environment

You might be aware that plastic bottles are harmful to the environment. But the fact that the production of anything plastic in itself is highly detrimental to the environment is a whole another story.

Plastic bottles (or anything plastic) are manufactured from oil in the beginning stage. So making them requires the extraction of oil, followed by its refinement. This process is highly damaging to the environment.

To manufacture a thousand plastic bottles, it requires a barrel of oil. Moreover, 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide is released every year to manufacture plastic bottles.

According to The Australian museum, manufacturing the plastic bottles that are used in Australia each year calls for more than 400,000 barrels of oil to be used

Plastic bottles are a non started even before any water if put in them. However, we know that's not the end of the story for plastic bottles. Disposing of them is a major problem. It takes about 700 years for plastic to breakdown!! That's seven... hundred.. years. the bottle we discard today is going to be around for generations. 

In some cities and countries, the landfills are saturated to a point that they cannot support any more plastic disposal. Some communities have plastic bottles filling up to 80 percent of the landfills. And to make things worse, thousands and thousands of tonnes of plastic bottles end up in our oceans. In Australia alone, approximately 7 billion of these recyclable plastic water bottles end up in landfills or our oceans every year. What a disaster!

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2. Purchasing bottled water is expensive

Bottled water is significantly more expensive than tap water. $2... $3... $4 a bottle. In Australia the average price of bottled water is $2.53 per litre. In contrast, tap water cost just 1 cent! And if you want to get rid of the chlorine taste or tap water, you can purchase a filter jug and enjoy fantastic tasting water. 

3. Bottled water isn’t as healthy as it is claimed to be

In theory, bottled water is considered to be the purest and safest option. However, that's not the case in reality. Bottled water may have unregulated forms of contamination especially when plastic bottles are stored for a particular period in specific temperatures. Some chemicals may leach from the plastic bottles the water is stored in.

Bisphenol A is an organic compound that is used in the production of plastic products. You'll notice that a lot of bottled water companies state that their product is BPA-free which is great.

But that doesn't stop other hormone-disruptors to make your way into the water from the plastic container. For example, there's a hormone disruptor called phthalates which can percolate into the bottled water in just ten weeks.

4. Bottled water is a storehouse for toxic elements

Even if the water from the plastic bottle is filtered to the best quality, it will still contain toxic elements. According to a report in the Guardian, a staggering 90 percent of water in a plastic bottle has microplastics, so bottle water isn't only is it a problem for the environment, but it is dangerous to your health as well.

5. Extraction for bottled water may lead to a shortage in groundwater

Bottled water companies often extract water from local wells which leads to a shortage in groundwater for the local ecosystems and the population of those areas.

For example, Coca-Cola extracted groundwater for the Dasani brand of bottled water in India, which led to a shortage of groundwater in more than fifty villages around the area of the extraction. So next time you grab a bottled water, think about where it's coming from. 

6. The amount of water required to produce a plastic bottle, is more than the water it contains! 

The manufacture of plastic bottles requires an enormous amount of water, The amount of water that is needed in the production of a single plastic bottle surpasses the total amount of water that the same bottle can fill.

To manufacture a plastic bottle that has a filling capacity of 1 litre, it would require 3 to 5 litres of water. That's insane! 

7. Bottled water acts as a catalyst for climate change

About 25 percent of the bottled water that is consumed per year is obtained from outside the country. This adds a tremendous amount of transportation cost which leads to an astonishing quantity of greenhouse gas emissions over time.

As we are aware, an excessive amount of greenhouse gas into the air will negatively impact the climate as the trapped heat close to the surface of the earth causes the temperature to increase leading to global warming.

Why Should We Switch to Reusable Water Bottles?

Reusable water bottles are the more environment-friendly version of water consumption. Apart from being the better suitable option for our environment, reusable water bottles look cooler and save your pocket too. Here, we have curated the top reasons for switching to reusable water bottles right away.

Durability

The most common reusable bottles are made of stainless steel, which is durable enough to travel with to your camping trips. These high-quality bottles can last you for years if maintained properly.

Unlike plastic bottled water, you do not have to worry about the bottle bending or the water leaking, when you're using a good quality reusable bottle. The certainty of its long-lasting feature should be a good enough reason for you to switch to a reusable bottle today!

Smart choice

About 25 percent of bottled water available in the market is obtained from tap water which is later re-filtered. The process of re-filtration is what gives it the "bottled water" taste that you think you need to be okay with just because it seems clean.

So, why should you pay to drink re-filtered tap water that is available in your home? With a good quality water filter, you can do it yourself and fill it up in your reusable water bottle.

Appearance matters

There was once a time when bottle water was the healthy and hip in thing. No longer. Now it's the reusable water bottle that's in, thank goodness. There's many options and some reusable water containers are simply beautiful. 

 

Protects Marine Life

Using reusable water bottles means significantly less amount of plastic is going to be dumped in the ocean. Pollution created from plastic kills a staggering number of 1.1 million marine lives per year.

Releases Lesser Carbon Dioxide

Creating plastic bottles releases a significantly large amount of carbon dioxide into the air. Too much carbon dioxide in the air is bad news! We all know that. 

Use of Lesser Oil in Production

The production stage of plastic bottles is what adds the maximum damage to the environment. According to a report from Hydration Anywhere, fifty million plastic bottles are produced in the USA in a year, utilising over 17 million barrels of oil.

This ginormous amount could rather be used to power almost 2 million homes. This in itself should make you question whether you should reach for a plastic bottle over a reusable one.

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