But what about HOW we consume it?
Plastic water bottles are filling up landfills and polluting bodies of water worldwide. Another downside is buying plastic water bottles is that each bottle purchased is making the rich richer (nestle corporation is a good example of this.)
If you have a water bottle around you right now, look for the little recyclable symbol with a number in it. The number will be 1-7.
Most water bottles are “1” – which although is labelled as “safe” – it is best to avoid altogether. Not to be a negative nancy, but just a few years ago, BPAs were still considered safe – and we all know that stuff is no good!The numbers 2, 4 + 5 are considered to be the “best plastic” – but is still supposedly only to be used once prior to recycling.
The price of the water inside has no effect on the material used on the bottle. I have yet to come across any “brand” of water that uses anything other than a 1. Even the pricier stuff – like Fiji water and Evian!
Even still – before you even get to the bottle to drink it – consider the journey the bottle took to get to you. There is a good chance the water was not consistently refrigerated on it’s way to your local store – which typically wouldn’t be a big deal – but consider this. When plastic is heated, it will often release some of its’ chemicals to its liquid contents.
For example – You know when you drink something in a plastic bottle and you notice it’s “sweating”? That “sweat” is not just pure water, etc. – it also contains traces of the chemicals used to make that bottle. These chemicals can reek havoc on your body, especially for us women!
Something else to think about – there is major regulations on tap water, put in place typically by the government.
Bottled water is regulated by the FDA, and the companies are responsible for their own testing. Furthermore, the FDA does not require companies to inform consumers of where the water came from, how it was treated, or what contaminants it contains.
You can’t forget the cost – if you’re the type to buy bottled water five times a week for a year, let’s do the math.
A bottle of water, on average, is about 2.00$. X 5 = 10$. X4 (weeks in a month) = 40$ X12 (months in a year) = 480$!!!!!
Imagine the freedom of never buying another water bottle again, and saving over 400$ a YEAR! That money could be better spent on _______________ (insert thing you wouldn’t mind having extra $$ for – my thing is food!) 😛
So what is the answer? In my opinion, it is a good water filtration system and a reusable water container (either glass or stainless steel.) A life without plastic is the aim.I personally use Klean Kanteens and really enjoy the wide mouth and spout top. Plus, they come in a variety of sizes and colours. YAY!
In regard to a good water filtration system – I am still on the hunt! I currently use a Brita – and am aware this is not the best filtration system, but is definitely better than nothing at all. 🙂
Let me know what you think – and if you have any first-hand suggestions on a good water filtration system! 🙂
Nationofchange.org (a great reference of what each of the numbers on various plastic materials mean!)