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Stop Drinking Bottled Water

3 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich
plastic bottles, bottled water, water conservation, tap water

One of the most eco-friendly changes you could possible make is quite drinking bottled water. It is not only helpful for the environment, it will also be healthier for you. Bottled water was not developed to bring better water to you, but so companies [Coke, Pepsi and Nestle] could make billions of dollars each year. Instead you should buy an aluminum water bottle and fill with either tap water or filtered tap water. If you already avoid bottled water, find other ways to conserve our already strained water resources.

"It is not only helpful for the environment, it will also be healthier for you."
Examples include taking shorter showers, planting yard plants that use less water, and filling the dishwasher full before turning on.

Here are some more facts:
1. Bottle water is less regulated than tap water
2. The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, regulates bottled water when purchased across state lines. Otherwise, it is regulated by the state.
3. Sixty to 70 percent is purchased within the state it was produced, which means most is regulated by the state
4. Forty percent of all bottled water is filtered tap water [So you are paying more for water you could just get out of your tap]
5. Recycling rates in the U.S. are only 20 percent
6. Bottled water companies research their own product, submit it to the FDA for regulating and do not have to share any of that information with the public
7. The process of bottled water starts with oil refineries because oil byproducts are used to make the plastic water bottles
8. According to the International Bottled Water Association, the bottled water industry accounts for only 0.02 percent of all ground water usage
9. However, it can still deplete ground water resources when water is withdrawn at a higher rate than that ground water can replenish

Watch this documentary called "Tapped" for more information and read the references below [Make sure you read FAQ 10 at bottom before watching film]. Unfortunately I could not locate any studies testing the quality of bottled water; it appears it is still not very accessible to the American Public.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/tapped/

References
Environmental Working Group: Bottled Water Quality Investigation http://www.ewg.org/book/export/html/27010
Cornell University: Bottled Water http://waterquality.cce.cornell.edu/bottled.htm
Natural Resources Defense Council: Bottled Water http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/qbw.asp
Environmental Protection Agency: Bottled Water Basics http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/faq/pdfs/fs_healthseries_bottlewater.pdf
Swiss Coalition of Development Organisations: Drinking Water Crisis in Pakistan and the Issue of Bottled Water http://www.alliancesud.ch/en/policy/water/downloads/nestle-pakistan.pdf
Natural Resources Defense Council: Plastic Water Bottles http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife/0902.asp
Image: kangshutters / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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