Reduce Plastic,  Water,  Zero Waste

Week 2: Drink Tap Water

There’s been no shortage of reasons why people should turn on their taps rather than drink bottled water but that doesn’t seem to have changed enough minds out there. I have friends who ONLY drink bottled water because they don’t think tap water is safe. That strikes me as absolutely ridiculous, but I won’t preach to them – I will to you though 😉

Here’s some absolutely astounding bottled water facts from BantheBottle.net

  • Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation.
  • The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes.
  • Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38.
  • Americans as a group used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.

From both an environmental and cost perspective, bottled water doesn’t make sense. The easiest way to cut bottled water out of your life for good is to carry around a water bottle with you everywhere.

If you want to avoid bottled water, having your own bottle with you when you find yourself needing a drink is an important step. Make sure to keep it with you! Everyone in my family has their own bottle and we’ve all found that we drink more water as a result as well.

If you’re looking for some more resources on why tap is best, check out these resources:

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