Reasons to say “no” to bottled water
As individuals we are now more aware of the impact we’re having on the planet and its valuable resources.
Most people are working hard to be more sustainable in their everyday lives, from the way they shop and the products they buy to the way they eat and use energy in their very own homes. We still however have a long way to go, particularly when it comes to the consumption of bottled water.
According to the latest statistics, the bottled water market is still expanding rapidly with some 600 million households consuming bottled water annually.
Despite the surge in reusable water bottle use and a widespread fear amongst the public regarding the impact of plastic pollution on the planet, bottled water just won’t go away. We reveal just some of the reasons why you should say “no” to bottled water for good.
It’s just not sustainable…
Whilst plastic bottles can be recycled and repurposed, they are unfortunately not biodegradable or environmentally friendly.
There was a time when the plastic used to make these bottles was applauded for its durability, now this strength is causing untold issues for the planet. The materials used take hundreds of years to breakdown.
Most plastic bottles are single-use which means they are thrown away rather than recycled. Even ‘biodegradable’ bottles aren’t what they say they are. These bottles simply use less plastic than others, yet still take a long (long) time to degrade.
…and our planet is paying the price
As the plastic used to package bottled water is not biodegradable, discarded bottles are rapidly gathering in the natural environment causing harm to plants, animals, and humans. Landfills are at bursting point around the world, and plastic toxins from litter are damaging groundwater sources and infiltrating our drinking water as a result. But it is in our oceans that we are currently seeing the most destruction.
Marine species are under threat due to plastic pollution, with discarded waste making the natural environments they call home hazardous. Microplastics (tiny particles of broken down plastic) are causing untold devastation in the food supplies both animals and humans rely on. National Geographic reveals more about the harm being caused by microplastics:
“Microplastics have been found in more than 100 aquatic species, including fish, shrimp, and mussels destined for our dinner plates. In many cases, these tiny bits pass through the digestive system and are expelled without consequence. But plastics have also been found to have blocked digestive tracts or pierced organs, causing death. Stomachs so packed with plastics reduce the urge to eat, causing starvation.”
It’s the least affordable way to hydrate
Bottled water doesn’t just damage the planet, it’ll damage your finances too. It is by far the least affordable way to stay hydrated.
Unbeknown to most however, you can enjoy the best tasting water without leaving your home or breaking the bank.
Filtered water trumps both bottled water and tap water, and here’s why. As well as being particularly convenient (drinking water filter systems can be installed and used at home), it’s free from the impurities and odours that often leave a bad taste when drinking tap water.
Cost wise, drinking filtered water makes a lot more sense. You can enjoy a litre of filtered water for as little as 3p, making it more economical than the bottled water varieties you find on supermarket shelves.
It’s not as high quality as you think
Shockingly just a small percentage of bottled water comes from springs and underground sources. A large proportion of bottled water is almost identical in quality to tap water. Many bottled water varieties also contain the impurities and odours that many people find off-putting when drinking water.
With filtered water, you’ll have no such issues. Water is filtered at home, with the resulting drink pure, odour-free, great tasting, and of the highest quality.
It’s easy to say “no” to bottled water and discover a more sustainable way to keep yourself and your family hydrated. All you need is a reusable water bottle and one of our premium drinking water filter systems.
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