9 Reasons to Ditch the Bottle Once and for All

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Bottled water is everywhere. Supermarkets, gas stations, even vending machines offer it, but there are compelling reasons to kick the bottle habit for good.

9. Cost: A single bottle of water generally runs about one to two dollars. In some cases, such as at concerts or amusement parks, one bottle can cost up to nearly three dollars! Even if bottled water is bought in bulk, the price still averages around .50 to .89 cents per bottle. Filtered tap water is essentially the same product and costs a fraction of the price.

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8. Space: Many people live in environments where space is at a premium. One reusable bottle takes up much less space than 12 bottles of the same product.

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7. Waste: In a perfect world, everyone would recycle their used bottles. All it takes is a quick drive down the highway to realize that we live in a far from perfect world. Old plastic bottles littering the curb are a common sight, unfortunately. Even in a garbage dump, one bottle can take thousands of years to decompose.

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6. Environmental impact: Litter aside, bottled water takes a greater toll on our environment. Oil goes into making the plastic. Large trucks need to be fueled up to transport them, emitting extra fumes into the air. The bottles are usually kept cool in the store, using up even more unnecessary energy.

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5. Quality: Bottled water has a reputation for being “safe”, but this isn’t necessarily true. Under extreme heat, like that found in a vehicle in summer, chemicals can be leached from the plastic and contaminate the water within.

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4. Regulations: Consider this; the EPA holds tap water to much higher standards than the FDA holds bottled water, meaning there is a chance that bottled water is not as safe as filtered tap water.

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3. Not So Pure: Bottled water companies claim their water is “purer,” often toted as spring water or more organic. Take a closer look at the label though. If the words “from a municipal/community source” are present, that water is likely to be no more than glorified tap water. Consumers can have the same taste and effect by attaching a filter to their faucets.

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2. Community effect: Bottled water is pulled from local sources near the bottling plant, leading to water shortages in the immediate area. Farmers and local residents take the brunt of the impact at first, but everyone feels the crunch in higher food costs and shortages.

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1. Redundancy: It takes a ridiculous amount of water to make one bottle of water! Some studies suggest that it takes nearly seven times as much water to make just one consumable bottle!

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Doesn’t it make more sense to ditch to bottle?

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Louise Baker. When she’s not enjoying a glass of fresh, cold, tap water, Louise Baker is a blogger and freelance writer. Of late she has been writing about online degrees for Zen College Life.

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9 thoughts on “9 Reasons to Ditch the Bottle Once and for All

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  7. I meant to say in the above comment that I like my U-TURN 2 TAP bottle because it has 2 lids and great designs but it didn’t post for some reason. Strange!

  8. Here is an interesting fact: If you fill one plastic water bottle up 1/4 of the way with oil, that is how much oil it takes to fill the bottle up!

    I like stainless steel water bottles the best. Klean Kanteen makes great bottles. Also the bottles come with 2 lids which is great for me cause I loose everything. Sigg has great designs too but I think most of them are made from aluminum.

  9. thanks! concise and clear reasons why we shouldn’t use bottled water. i would also add that even if the bottles are recycled, that requires more petroleum. and that garbage dumps are often if not always located in poorer communities (whether in the US or in the global south), which contributes to environmental racism.

    but i also wonder–what’s a safe, reusable bottle to use? i get concerned about nalgene because of the reason 5 you listed (chemicals could be leached from the plastic). i wonder about thermoses as well, which have both metal and plastic parts.

 

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