Being green with water means drinking tap water whenever possible. At home that means drinking from a washable glass, but how about when you are on the move? Buying bottled water simply makes no sense – provided you don’t live in a country where the drinking water is unsafe. As well as being ridiculously expensive to buy, bottled water it is virtually the same as what comes from your tap anyway, and the environmental impact is huge.
Yet, tap water costs 240 to 10,000 times less than bottles water. Unlike the bottled water companies, many municipal utilities test tap water hundreds of thousands of times a year and report their results to state and federal agencies. Shockingly, 24% of bottle water is actually just repackaged tap water ~ Vapur Website
You can always filter the water from your tap – that is your choice entirely. There are many options and various benefits.
But that is not the point of the article. We want to look at reusable water bottles, and the choices that are available to you. Can’t you simply re-use the water bottle you picked up at the gas station yesterday?
We want to explore all of the options so that you can make an informed choice about how you hydrate on the run.
The worst choice of water bottle is the kind that you only use once – the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle that you find in convenience stores, gas stations, etc. These are the ‘disposable’ ones, used to sell water, soda or juice. This kind of plastic has been proven to leach DEHP (Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate) after repeated use and is a probable carcinogen. This is especially true if you wash them in a dishwasher. They can also harbor bacterial growth inside any cracks and crevices inside the bottle, which is not great for your health either!
Last year, people dumped thirty-eight billion water bottles into landfills worldwide. Bottled water production consumes over one thousand times more energy than tap water. Bottled water production also consumes water itself: to produce one liter of bottled water, one must use up three liters of tap water. According to the Pacific Institute, from start to finish bottled water consumes between 1100 and 2000 times more energy than does tap water.
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