Bottled Water: It’s something the big companies have got us all buying, when the fact is, the same stuff comes right out of your tap at home for next to nothing, so why buy it??
Here’s some simple facts. Bottled water is big business, with sales somewhere between 50 to 100 billion a year, with an annual growth rate of 7%. This distracts from the construction and maintenance of safe water systems. A quarter of the world doesn’t have safe drinking water, so bottled water is the only alternative. But wouldn’t it be better if that money went into developing safer water systems? Over half of the bottled water out there comes from the tap in developed countries. That’s right, its the same stuff that is supplied directly to your house. It also produces tonnes of garbage every year, having a significant impact on our environment. Its also a privatization and commodification of a basic human right. What if they started selling us air? Okay that’s a stretch, but you get the point.
There are plenty of causes out there discouraging the purchase of bottled water, and with good reason. If you want to carry a bottle of water around with you, get a stainless steel thermos, or a sports bottle. I know for most of us, that might be a little too much. But at least limit the amount of bottled water you buy. Reuse old bottles (I wouldn’t encourage to reuse indefinitely and never ones that have been left in the sun or heat), or buy a glass bottle and reuse that. Refill your bottles at bubblers or at home. Its simple things we can do that can make a difference in the long run.
We can all make a difference! Stay hydrated in a responsible way!