Making Sense of Bottled Water…Startling Stats to Impress Your Friends!
Bottled Water Truths That Will Amaze (Infographic Below)
Staying hydrated is definitely important, but don’t fall for the marketing hype behind bottled water. Many companies that sell bottled water want you to believe this water is cleaner or somehow healthier and this is nothing more than a marketing ploy to get you to spend your money. Not only is bottled water an unnecessary expense, but it also creates a lot of trash and wastes a lot of resources.
Worldwide, an incredible 432 million disposable water bottles are used every day which is a huge drain on our resources. Disposable plastic water bottles waste about 17 million barrels of oil per year just in the U.S. alone and yet only 12 percent of these bottles are recycled – that means a whopping 88 percent of the single use plastic water bottles unleashed on the American public end up in a landfill or as litter and they will pretty much just take up space, harm our wildlife, and be a nuisance forever since they cannot safely break down.
Research Shows Tap Water Tastes Better
In blind taste tests most people choose tap water over bottled water. The most commonly cited reason for not drinking tap water is fear of what is in the water, but you don’t need to be afraid. Most municipalities offer a yearly report listing what exactly is in your water and if you have well water you can look into having your tap water independently tested, so you can be informed. You can also purchase a water filter – there are a lot of options from whole house filtration systems to filters built into refrigerators and even water pitchers with a filter.
Once you add up the costs of testing, a filtration system and reusable water bottles you are still saving a significant amount of money compared to what you would spend for bottled water. It is also worth noting that you don’t know what is in your bottled water – the companies that keep encouraging you to purchase their product don’t disclose what is in the water they sell like a municipalities report or an independent test would.
Reusable is Good for You and the Environment
Sometimes complicated problems can have very simple solutions and the disposable plastic water bottle problem has an incredibly easy answer – reusable water bottles.
A reusable bottle can be used again and again, eliminating the need for single use bottles. A stainless steel water bottle can last for decades and do away with the need for disposable plastic water bottles and all of the resulting environmental problems, as well as being a much more cost effective solution. Not all plastics are intended to be used repeatedly and reusing a single use bottle can cause the plastic to break down and leach dangerous chemicals into your beverage. When you make the switch to a reusable stainless-steel water bottle there is no need for concern. Stainless-steel will not break down; it is dishwasher-safe and durable enough for years of use.
Do Your Part and Help the Cause
In the U.S. alone consumers drink about 30 gallons of bottled water per year, this is a massive number that can generate a ton of trash. If everyone in the U.S. switched to reusable water bottles that would eliminate roughly 63 billion disposable bottles a year. A reusable stainless-steel water bottle helps the environment, your bottom line and it also frees you – when you need to refill your reusable bottle you can just find a tap and fill it, instead of heading to a store and purchasing a new bottle.
Businesses and brands can do their part by offering a reusable water bottle with a custom imprint to their customers and prospects to help spread the environmental awareness message.
There are so many reasons why you should make the switch to a reusable water bottle and there are so many benefits for the environment aside from the cost savings. Check out our latest infographic below to learn more about the harm disposable plastic water bottles cause and the benefits to reusable water bottles.
Click image to see a larger version and feel free to copy and paste the image to help spread the reusable message, link to us from your site, or share this post on your social networks