Say No to Bottled Water

Say No to Bottled Water

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I have said over and over, I am not perfect and far from the greenest shade that exists. I am not an environmentalist but I do care about the environment. For me it starts in my home with my family using safer products, avoiding plastic, eating healthier foods, not choosing pesticides, etc. I feel this does impact the bigger picture and helps the environment as well as contributes to healthier children.

One thing I make an effort to avoid is bottled water. Besides the fact that it is a waste of money it is a waste of resources from packaging to shipping and if you head to Fake Plastic Fish, she’ll tell you even more about this!  I’m not perfect on the plastic front but the water is also packaged in plastic which could leak chemicals so I’d rather go with a BPA free or stainless steel water bottle and have my water tested for lead.

For those of you that think that bottle watered is safe you might want to do some reading about the 23 recalls on bottled water since 2002 and that the FDA and EPA have different standards for testing water and water quality (the FDA regulates bottled water). A recent report by the government found that most bottled water companies do not reveal where they are getting the water and how the water is treated – that is scary!

I don’t believe that companies will stop packaging bottled water and if I go to a foreign country there is a good chance that I’ll drink bottled water, however, as consumers we have to ask ourselves these questions next time we reach for the bottled water:

1) Why are we buying bottled water? Because it is safer or to save ourselves time and money because bottled water doesn’t save you money and time – um it’s called breaking a habit.
2) How do you know the bottled water has been tested for safety, where did it come from and what resources were used for that bottle of water to reach you?
3)  Does buying a bottle of water tell the company, store owner and market place you support bottle water in general or do you want to see changes made in packaging, where the water comes from and better regulation?
4)  Are you buying the water for the taste? Have you tried a soda stream or a quality filter to help your tap water taste better?

Take a few minutes to really consider how you can change that bottled water drinking habit. It’s really not hard and you’ll help the environment, save money, do something good for your health and impact the market place by shifting your dollars to reusable water bottles and what is already free –tap water.

  • http://www.fakeplasticfish.com Beth Terry, aka Fake Plastic Fish

    Bottled water definitely has its place — during emergencies or in countries where the water quality can make us sick. But you’re right. In this country, it’s mostly about convenience. *Sigh*

    Beth Terry, aka Fake Plastic Fish’s last blog post..Bottled Water Problem: It’s Not Just The Bottle!

  • http://www.greenandcleanmom.org greenandcleanmom

    Thanks for commenting Beth. I totally love your blog, don’t comment enough and admire all you do. Thank you for educating me and others on plastics.

  • http://greenbabyguide.com Rebecca (Green Baby Guide)

    I’ve always avoided bottled water because I am cheap, but I had mixed feelings about it because I’d heard it was much better for you than tap water. I felt sort of validated when I found out that this wasn’t really the case.

    If the taste of tap water is causing people to buy bottled water, and a filter doesn’t do the trick, another idea is to squeeze a lemon into the water. Or make it into iced tea!

    Rebecca (Green Baby Guide)’s last blog post..My Garden Failures (Or, How Do I Revive My Dying Vegetable Plants?)

  • http://www.greenandchic.com/blog Carla

    I am guilty for buying that occasional bottle of water when I’m out, ran out of water I brought from home, thirsty, not feeling well and cant found a fountain near by. I don’t buy because I think its safer though, nor do I do it all the time. My s/o has distilled water delivered to us because he feels that it is better to drink but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms. At least its those large 5 gallon jugs that gets reused over and over and not something that would go to waste.

    I keep a case of bottled water in my trunk and in our “earthquake kit” for emergencies.

    Carla’s last blog post..Financial Prosperity = Planet in destitute?

  • http://www.greenandcleanmom.org greenandcleanmom

    Thanks for commenting Rebecca. I don’t like to buy the water for the same reason as you but like Carla, I’m guilty of it sometimes.

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  • http://climatarians.org Climatarians | Joost

    Hi thanks for that thought provoking post. Yes, sometimes we never stop to think why we do the things we do. What is the motivation behind some of the seemingly unconscious habits that we have. Its good to look into these things and analyze how healthy they are and what purpose they serve. Very nice points you got there.

    Your post really makes us think.
    Joost Hoogstrate

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  • http://twitter.com/Uprinting UPrinting

    We can’t deny that opting for bottled water is cheaper, plus they are readily available. But it seems like for every advantage, there is a heavier disadvantage to it. It’s hard to break the habit of buying bottled water. But sometimes, sadly, we have no choice but to do it. :(

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