Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rethink That Bottle of Water

Water is good for you. Since our bodies are nearly 60% water, it is important that we replenish it constantly to keep all of our organs functioning. It is necessary to keep flushing out the bad stuff. Externally, regular consumption of water keeps your skin clear and youthful...and bathing in it keeps you clean, swimming in it is not only a form of fitness but relaxation as well.

The original idea behind bottled water was great. I have to admit, when sales of bottled water became widespread, I started to drink more water than I ever had before. I am the first to admit I am a sucker for convenience. But now, with more plastic water bottles  than we know what to do with overflowing in landfills and zillions more waiting to be recycled, the fact is they are just becoming a nuisance. The photo above is of the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean. It is the size of the state of Texas, filled with 3.5 tons of trash (a lot of it plastic bags, bottles, jugs, etc.) and is located between Hawaii and San Francisco. I hate pollution, and that is a whole other issue...littering is the ultimate disrespect for our environment and pollution is just littering on a larger, corporate-sanctioned scale. But, I digress.

Doesn't it seem silly to buy water when you think about it?  You buy plastic bottle, to ingest a single serving of the contents, and toss it.  Seems kind of costly and wasteful, doesn't it? My husband was a bottled water devotee and slowly but surely I have converted him. Take note, I am not a bottle nazi. Of course when we have parties we buy some bottled water for the convenience of our guests. But by and large we avoid it on a daily basis. We have a water filtration system at our house, and I love the filtered water and enjoy the taste. I refill my aluminum water bottle constantly and take it to work with me every day.  But even if you don't have access to a permanent filtration system, you can buy a Brita filter in pitcher form that you can keep on your countertop or in your refrigerator. Just stopping to think about what you are doing before you buy a bottle of water can help save our environment. I leave you with this: A bit of every piece of plastic that was ever manufactured still exists, because it does not naturally decompose. the plastic that has been broken down by incineration releases toxic chemicals into the air which is no better alternative. Please stop drinking bottled water.


  1. I love tap water! Thanks for posting this. Refillable bottles are the way to go.

  2. Thanks! I'm glad you agree! Now to convince everyone else around us, right?


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