Scarborough Food: Bottled Water And The Environment
When it comes to bottled water, the "do it yourself" approach, taking a refillable bottle and filling it from the tap above the kitchen sink (maybe with a water filter to take our some local impurities) is a lot cheaper and a lot better for the environment than manufacturing, shipping, and discarding all those plastic single use bottles.
Top Five Reasons to Give Up Bottled Water
- Disposable plastic water bottles are not meant for re-use. Bottles made of #1 PET (polyethylene terephthalate) lead to bacterial growth and leaching of dangerous chemicals with re-use .
- Bottled water uses petroleum resources. A US study shows that to make the bottles for bottled water Americans process more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, roughly the equivalent of filling up a quarter of each bottle with oil.
- Bottled water is expensive! Drinking the recommended daily amount of water cost about $1 a year, while using bottled water can cost an average of $1,400 per year.
- Your tap water is fine to drink. Tap water is more highly regulated than bottled water and over 90 percent of water systems meet federal & provincial standards. Any off-taste is likely from your tap or your pipes and can be fixed with a simple & inexpensive simple filtration system.
- At least 40 percent of bottled water starts as tap water before being packaged in the bottle and marked up.
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