For years health-conscious people—especially Baby Boomers—have embraced bottled water. First, in the 1980s, as a specialty alternative to alcohol, and later, as a status symbol, health symbol, or simple convenience. Today bottled water is a $12 billion dollar business and bigger than ever before but the reality is harsh: it’s not good for you, or any of us!
An eye-opening documentary on the issue is Tapped. Click the link for the film’s trailer.
Here are some highlights why bottled water isn’t as healthy for you or the planet as we commonly believe:
Chemicals from the plastic easily leech into the water within, especially when a bottle is refilled or left in the heat of a vehicle or the harsh sun. Unlike municipal water—which requires regular safety review and checks—bottlers of water are not held to the same health standard and review. This is concern for seniors or others with compromised immune systems.
Most bottled water is actually municipal water. It is removed from local aquifers and shipped in bulk to other locations, never to return. This cause great habitat unbalance and is draining ancient reserves that are already limited.
Americans discard a staggering amount of plastic water bottles year: 29 billion bottles! Less than 5% of these are recycled nationwide. Most are discarded – filling our landfills and polluting our rivers and oceans.
Foreign Oil, Pollution, and Sickness
Many people do not realize that the plastic that makes up water bottles is constructed using oil-based chemicals. These chemicals do great damage to the environment and the people who live near the petro-chemical processing plants, too.
Seniors, Boomers, and anyone on a budget can appreciate the cost of bottled water, too. If you are concerned about water where you live, buy a filter. You’ll save money compared to buying bottled water and you won’t personally contribute to a wasteful, harmful and damaging industry. Watch the documentary and share your thoughts. Will you give up bottled water?