Start 2015 by making a resolution to kick the bottled water habit. You'll save money, be healthy and save the planet.
Setting a resolution to drink more water may be a smart decision for personal health, but it is also important to take measures to avoid the plastic bottled water that is available in stores. Bottled water may seem like a smart decision, but the process of developing the bottles and the impact of throwing out plastic bottles can have a negative impact on your environment.
In fact, in the USA alone, over 50 million single use plastic bottles from bottled water a disposed of daily. Whoa !!!
According to the Huffington Post, it takes three times the water to manufacture a single bottle than the amount of water that is required to fill the bottle. Furthermore, the manufacturing process uses several dangerous chemicals that leech into the water that is used throughout the process. As a result, the water is no longer safe for human consumption and is considered a waste product.
The Huffington Post further explains the impact on the environment when it relates to the delivery of bottled water to the stores. According to the Huffington Post, roughly 50 million barrels of oil are used each year by the bottled water industry. Those fossil fuels are used to manufacture bottles, process the bottles, deliver the water to the stores and even refrigerate the water so that it is cold when it is sold.
The environmental impact of bottled water is not completed when the water is delivered to the stores. The Huffington Post reports that PET plastics, the type of plastic that is used in many disposable bottles, is not biodegradable. Since it photodegrades over time, it can absorb harmful toxins and pollute the environment.
Instead of buying bottled water, purchase a reusable bottle and fill it with filtered water from the house. The benefits of drinking water from a reusable bottle include:
It is not necessary to purchase bottled water to enjoy a resolution of drinking more water. Fill up a reusable bottle with filtered water and drink it directly. Reusing a bottle will have a positive impact on personal health and the environment.
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