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Top Five Reasons to Give Up Bottled Water

In reverse order of importance, the top five reasons to give up bottled water are:

5. Disposable plastic water bottles are not meant for multiple uses. A plastic bottle made from #1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is fine for a single use, but reuse can lead to bacterial growth and leaching of dangerous chemicals.

4. Bottled water is full of oil. Making bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water requires more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 cars for a year. To put it another way, the entire energy costs of the life-cycle of a bottle of water is equivalent, on average, to filling up a quarter of each bottle with oil. (Pacific Institute)

3. Bottled water is expensive! Drinking the recommended daily amount of water using bottled water can cost an average of $1,400 per year; drinking the same amount from the tap costs around 49 cents for the year. (New York Times). Don't believe us? Use our Bottled Water Cost Calculator to see the results for yourself.

2. Your tap water is fine to drink. Tap water is more highly regulated than bottled water, and more than 90 percent of public water systems meet EPA's standards for tap water quality. (If the taste or color of water from your tap is a little off, your pipes are probably at fault—a simple filtration system should do the trick to take both problems away.)

1. At least 40 percent of bottled water is tap water anyway. That’s right: you are paying a huge premium on water that you could have just gotten from your tap in the first place. (Natural Resources Defense Council). You probably like tap water more than bottled water, too! Want to test that out? 

 

For a creative explanation of the hidden costs of bottle water use, watch "The Story of Bottled Water," below.

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