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Will you switch to tap water to save the earth?

Many can argue that bottled water taste better than tap water, but did you know that the containers of Dasani, Aquafina and Evian just to name a few bottled water brands add to earth's pollution?

Here are several facts about the bottled water your drinking:

1) "The containers are made of plastic or glass. When full, both become very heavy. It costs a fortune in oil to ship heavy bottles around the country, much less around the world."

2) "Close to 2 million tons of plastic was used to make bottles for water last year. That manufacturing involves an enormous about of petroleum, since it is a key ingredient in plastic. In the U.S. alone, 30 million bottles a day, billions of bottles a year get tossed out. Recycling them costs another small fortune in gasoline to haul them to plants."

3) "Bottled water is being promoted all over the world by a host of companies such as PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Co., Nestle and Cadbury Schweppes. These companies, plus the boutique outfits such as Evian and S. Pellegrino, are staking their future on getting you to drink water from bottles since it is getting harder and harder to persuade you to drink soda and other sugared water from their cans — and it’s working."

4) "According to Beverage Marketing Corp., a provider of beverage-related data, consumption of bottled water has been growing by a gallon a year per capita in the U.S., and consumption has doubled in the past decade. Americans now drink more water from bottles overall than any other nation. However, we are only tenth among nations of the world in drinking bottled water per capita, trailing Italy, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland."

Okay I don't want to sound high and mighty but I rarely drink from bottled water. I've always been a tap water girl since birth and I'll continue to be so.


Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years 39 weeks
Blondi3 Blondi3 8 years 39 weeks
Already mentioned that earlier... but found the article link:)
Blondi3 Blondi3 8 years 39 weeks
Has anyone seen this article?,1,4661430.story?coll=la-headlines-business-advert&ctrack=2&cset=true It says that Aquafina and Dasani are reducing the weight of their plastic bottles (by as much as 40% in the last 5 years)! That's a good start at least..
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years 40 weeks
Here in Philly, many of the restaurants went tap last year. I have a Brita filter that I use at home. I also carry a Siga metal bottle and fill it up with water. At home, fill up a pitcher of water and keep it close by. You will find that filling and refilling your glass is a breeze.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years 40 weeks
I'm a tap & Brita girl. The world is full of paper. Write to me. -- Agha Shahid Ali
Blondi3 Blondi3 8 years 40 weeks
While its important to protect the environment, there are lots of other threats as well, so it's a little unfair to blame it solely on the water companies. Also, I read that the industry has lightened their bottles by almost half in the past 5 yrs. So, thats a start at least. I still buy bottled waters but make sure to recycle them.
Pirate-Mermaid Pirate-Mermaid 8 years 40 weeks
here's a little something about water bottles!
sashak sashak 8 years 40 weeks
I love my Nalgenes because 1) I'm not wasting fossil fuels by continuing to buy bottles & 2) because I carry the thing with me everywhere I go, I drink tons of water!! saving the planet & being healthy?! didn't know I had it in me! ;)
studio524 studio524 8 years 40 weeks
We switched to tap water quite some time ago. It took quite a bit for me to get used to it but I did and we are actually saving quite a lot of money.
Pirate-Mermaid Pirate-Mermaid 8 years 40 weeks
I've actually just recently switched to tap water. I mean, I drank tap water at home but when I spent my life in school, the water there tasted like crap, so I had to buy bottles all the time and I'd always forget to fill them back. It was just more convenient to buy one every day. But now my friend forced me to get a Nalgene bottle and it's working great! I fill it up all the time and I actually drink more water now, which is awesome! ^_^ PLUS, I'm saving money. haha
outofhere outofhere 8 years 40 weeks
haute kitty, in answer to your question of "why can't that be an option?". The recycling that you do is a very good option and a great first step. Ultimately you want to reduce your waste as much as possible because even recycling is not the perfect option. Like pinkflats has mentioned there is a staggering amount of petroleum that goes into the manufacturing of bottled water and then the waste that goes into shipping them. I think the best option would be to invest in a couple of really good water bottles (like SIGG or other brands that don't leach out chemicals) and stop buying bottled water. However, even the smallest changes in our lifestyle can help care for the earth and recycling what you do use, is a great start!
MissAntipodea MissAntipodea 8 years 41 weeks
Yes, I drink tapwater. Also using a Nalgene bottle is a great idea too.
Historygal3 Historygal3 8 years 41 weeks
I just ordered my aluminum water bottle with no chemical leakage. I'm so convinced that my bottled water has been giving me headaches.
youngheart222 youngheart222 8 years 41 weeks
I've always drank only tap water! But when I use a bottled one I refill it with tap water so I end up using the same bottle for weeks! But over here people use mainly tap water so I'm no exception!
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 8 years 41 weeks
tiabia, I'm from Minnesota and when I visted a friend in D.C. we went to a resturant right from the airport and immediately when I took a sip of the water I noticed it tasted really strange...then the next morning I accidentally used tap water instead of britta filtered water when I made coffee and I kept saying "this coffee tastes really strange...bad actually" and then my friend asked me if I had used the tap water....ish!...I do not blame you at all for refusing to drink the tap water there.
tiabia tiabia 8 years 41 weeks
I would love to switch back to tap water, however DC's tap water is currently in an unhealthy state...centuries old lead pipes have caused the water to have dangerously high levels of the metal, so they encourage the use of tap only for cooking and until then, it's bottle for me :-( ---------------------------- My avatar is so damn HOT!!!! ----------------------------
sway- sway- 8 years 41 weeks
i will buy a pack of bottled water and just keep re-using and refilling them. That way, i have cold water to bring to the gym, and i end up using the same bottles for months.
maisiegirl maisiegirl 8 years 41 weeks
Definitely am pro-tap water. The water from my refrigerator is filtered and I always make sure to have an extra filter on hand so when the time comes to replace it, it is not an issue. Additionally, I use a brita water pitcher, again always buying the larger pack of replacement filters. Colorado water is tasty and when it's filtered through the 'frig or brita, it is even more delish. I carry a nalgene when I'm on the go. It's a small price to pay in order to respect our natural resources and not add to the plastic water bottle waste.
sashak sashak 8 years 41 weeks
I grew up on tap water. I have 3 or four Nalgene water bottles that I fill up w/ water from the fridge at home or with water from the cooler at work. I wash 'em out all the time & run 'em through the dishwasher if there is room for 'em. I even have my mom carrying a Nalgene! :D
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years 41 weeks
Sorry girls, can't do it. I will continue to drink bottled water, but I do recylce the bottles. Style Before Comfort!
haute-kitty haute-kitty 8 years 41 weeks
P.S. be aware that when you re-use your bottles to totally disinfect them. There are so many germs that stay in them and around the mouth piece and cap.
haute-kitty haute-kitty 8 years 41 weeks
Duh! I recycle my bottles!! I live in the Mid-Ohio Valley which is sooooooooooo full of chemical plants it's not even funny. Everyone here gets cancer and dies eventually... this place is a death trap, but I call it home. :\ I think they made the mistake of drinking the water, but we can't do much about the pollution in the air though. I'm sticking with drinking my bottled water purified by reverse osmosis and recycling my plastic bottles... why can't that be an option?
chatty-smiles chatty-smiles 8 years 41 weeks
Bottled..and i recycle..
kh312 kh312 8 years 41 weeks
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 8 years 41 weeks
No, I wont switch, I drink bottled...but I re-use the bottles.