There’s no denying our addiction to plastic beverage bottles. They're convenient, and they're ubiquitous. Over the span of just forty years, our use of plastic bottles has grown exponentially. We now consume over thirty gallons of bottled water per year. Our addiction is fueled by three myths about bottled water.
1. Bottled water is healthier than tap water.
Words like "pure," and 'spring" lead many of us to guzzle bottled water, thinking that we’re filling our bodies with healthier water than we find coming out of our taps. In fact, Think Outside the Bottle states that two of the world’s biggest bottlers, Nestle's PureLife and Pepsi's Aquafina, have admitted that their bottled water is sourced from the tap. The FDA only regulates bottled water that is sold across state lines. The rest remains unregulated and put under less rigorous testing than many municipal sources.
2. Bottled water tastes better than tap water.
When is the last time you tasted your tap water? My bet is, it actually tastes much better than the bottle in your hand. In fact, it might actually be the same exact water. If you think that the shiny plastic holding your water is somehow making the water taste better, think again. Many plastic bottles contain harmful chemicals like BPA, which leach into water and can lead to hormonal imbalances, brain damage, and reproductive complications.
3. Bottled water is more convenient than tap water.
We all know the drill. You’re rushing on your morning commute and stop at a bodega for a cold bottle of water. You’re at the gym and you forgot your water bottle, so you clench your teeth as you pay $2 for a plastic bottle of water. We’re constantly in motion, and bottled water seems to be much more convenient than waiting thirty seconds at your sink while you fill a reusable bottle. Take a moment to recognize the environmental and monetary costs of bottled water by checking out this infographic.
What can you do? Here are three easy ways to ditch your addiction to plastic water bottles.
1. Buy a BPA free, reusable water bottle.