Some years ago I saw something for the first time I just couldn't believe.....A BOTTLE OF WATER ON SALE FOR $1.00 per pint! It just blew me away. I vowed there a vow that I would never buy a bottle of something so free flowing and free on the planet! And then it went crazy! Bottled water everywhere.......
Although I have in a pinch drank water from a bottle in the convenience of the moment I HAVE NEVER PURCHASED A BOTTLE FOR MYSELF!
.....and today I recieved this from a friend.......
I'm afraid that I have some bad news. Although drinking bottled water may seem like a harmless, even a healthy, thing to do, it's actually a really bad habit. Those bottles of cold, crystal clear, fresh spring water may become considerably less appealing if you consider the following factoids (courtesy of the Center for a New American Dream, Grist, and Treehugger.)Purity* 25%-40% of the bottled water sold in the U.S. is actually just tap water (in a plastic bottle.)* Tap water is actually more strictly regulated than bottled water. The EPA monitors all tap water while the FDA regulates only some bottled water.* A four-year study of bottled water in the U.S. conducted by NRDC found that one-fifth of the 103 water products tested contained synthetic organic chemicals such as the neurotoxin xylene and the possible carcinogen and neurotoxin styrene.
Cost* Tap water costs roughly 1 cent a gallon; bottled water costs up to $10 a gallon (WAY more expensive than gasoline!)
Drinking* the recommended daily amount of water using bottled water can cost up to $1,400 per year; drinking the same amount from the tap costs around 59 cents for the year, according to the New York Times.* Americans spent $15 billion on bottled water in 2006.
Waste* It takes THREE gallons of water to produce ONE drinkable gallon of bottled water.
86% of plastic bottles in the United States never get recycled.* Bottled water has a huge carbon footprint both from the production of the bottles and from transporting them all over the country and world (water is very heavy).Okay, now that your eyes are open (and you're thoroughly depressed), here's the good news -- drinking bottled water is a pretty easy habit to kick!
This is one habit I don't need to kick.....how about you????