7 Huge Reasons to Quit Drinking Bottled Water (Plus 3 Great Reasons to Recycle them)

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Everyone has their options, and everyone makes their own choices. We’re not here to shame anyone out of doing what works for them or what they prefer.

Some people think that a whole house water filter or water filter pitches are adequate to purify their drinking water. Others prefer and choose bottled water. It is what it is, and it ain’t no more…

That being said, there are a lot of common-sense, conservation-minded reasons why people should at least try to cut down, if not totally quit drinking bottled water.

Here’s are our reasons to Quit Drinking Bottled Water:

  • Mexico, China, and Brazil come in at numbers 2,3, and 4 in the world as the largest consumers for bottled water. Firmly in 1st place, though, is the USA. Ironically, the country with some of the cleanest and safest drinking water in the world is number 1.
  • In 2017 the volume of bottled water in the United States that consumers bought amounts to13.7 billion gallons.
  • The average American drinks close to 25 gallons of bottled water per year.
  • From 1997 to 2015, the use of water bottles surged dramatically, from 3.3 billion in 1997 to over 22 billion in 2017.
  • And get this: National Geographic says that it takes 17 million gallons of crude oil each year to produce those plastic bottles. Not only are we littering the Earth with plastic, but we’re also contributing to greenhouse effects by using bottled water. Fill a water bottle da quarter of the way with oil, and this is how much oil was used to produce that single bottle!
  • Environment Working Group did a study of tap water vs. bottled water and found that bottled water contained byproducts of disinfectant, residue from fertilizer, and pain medication.
  • Despite the US having some of the safest, purest tap water in the world, the water bottle industry leaders have done a great job at convincing Americans that our water is dangerous or tainted (not helped by the Flint, Michigan situation). This is scare tactics 101.

References: https://www.livestrong.com/article/183101-the-negative-effects-of-using-plastic-drinking-bottles/

Okay, so you’re not going to quit drinking bottled water. That’ okay. We get it. Pure water is our number one mission here at WaterOsmo. But would you consider, at least, a more significant effort in recycling those water bottles?

3 Great Reasons to Recycle those Water Bottles

  • There are a lot of plastic bottles being recycled for re-use as a bunch of different things. However, only about 1 in 6 bottles will make it to a recycling bin.
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling ONE plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60-watt bulb for 6 hours.

Good Ideas for Green Recycled Plastic Bottle Use

  • RPET. This stands for Recycled, Poly Ethylene Terephthalate, and it’s a member of the polyester family. And there are lots of items to buy that are using RPET!
  • Get a beautiful stainless steel cup or glass that you can use over and over again.
  • Grand Canyon National Park Service eliminated the sale of bottled water and instead have placed water refilling stations for people to refill their reusable drinking containers.