Do you prefer to drink bottled water or tap water?
Chances are you would opt for the former.
I can’t blame you.
Bottled water advertisers and marketers are continuously promoting their products as the safest and healthiest beverage in the market. But, have you ever wondered where the “purified” water really comes from?Bottled water is safe water… not exactly.
According to researchers of Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), “no one should assume that just because he or she purchases water in a bottle that it is necessarily any better regulated, purer, or safer than most tap water.” NRDC conducted a four-year assessment of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) policies and standards with bottled water manufacturers compared to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules over tap water. Based on NRDC’s findings, the FDA’s water regulations are less stringent and more lenient compared to EPA’s rules. For example, NRDC reported, “any violation of tap-water standards is grounds for enforcement -- but bottled water in violation of standards can still be sold if it is labeled as ‘containing excessive chemicals’ or ‘excessive bacteria’ (unless FDA finds it ‘adulterated’, a term not specifically defined).” Dismayed yet?You can access EPA's website if you're interested to find out the quality of tap water
in your area.
Bottled water is convenient water… certainly not.
While purchasing water that’s readily available and can be easily disposed is reasonably convenient than hauling around a water container all day, it is important to remember that improper disposal of plastic bottles will only cause further harm to the environment. Earth Policy Institute reported that "approximately 1.5 millions barrels of oil are used each year to manufacture plastic bottles.” Furthermore, Earth Policy Institute added, "Americans consume 22 gallons of bottled water every year."
Don’t you think it’s time to stop supporting an unsustainable industry?
Ready for more?
Here’s an infographic
of the troublesome facts about bottled water.Presented by Online Education