Thanks to Natural Awakenings for publishing this article in their June issue and for their support of our showing of the movie, Tapped: The Movie, along with all of our other community partners and sponsors.
Please pick up your issue of Natural Awakenings at the Doylestown Food Market and while you're there, check out our June Eco-Friendly sales.
The statistics are disappointing: 38 million plastic water bottles aren’t recycled each year. But there’s no need to lose out on the health benefits of on-the-go agua. Switch to reusable bottles—and for all of the right reasons.
Create a fashion statement. There are so many to chose from. You can find LifeFactory bottles at the Doyelstown Food Market! And in June they are 20% off! Or visit another local store or check online from sites such as, WaterBobble.com, Camelbak.com, Sigg.com, and Nalgeen.com, reusable bottles can be stainless steel, aluminum, glass, polycarbonate or other plastics. Be certain the plastics or liners do not contain BPA, an endocrine-disrupting chemical linked to numerous health concerns.
Save money for important stuff. Depending on materials and insulating properties, a high quality reusable bottle generally retails from $5 to $30. Greeniacs.com reports that bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times more per gallon than tap water. The average American currently spends more than $5 per week ($260/year) supporting this $100 billion a year industry. $30 versus $260 is an impressive return on investment.
Stay healthy. Bottled water is not necessarily healthier or cleaner than tap water. Bottled water, often stored for long periods of time, may eventually contain more microorganisms than tap water. A lot of bottled water is “purified”, actually originating as drinking water from a municipal water system. Skip the pricey word games and drink the tap water that is rigorously tested by local, state and federal environmental agencies. If taste and purity are issues, invest in a water filter. Both PUR and Brita offer filtering products that effectively eliminate lead, chlorine, mercury and copper from tap water.
Be a hero to our land and seas. Discarded bottles litter highways, clog waterways or end up in incinerators and landfills. Plastic in landfills can take up to 700 years to decompose. Microplastics fill patches of our ocean, as evidenced by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch we see in the news.
Save the dinosaurs. Fossil fuels are composed primarily of dinosaur fossils, and with a current shortage on dinosaurs, this resource won't last forever. The Earth Policy Institute estimates that energy used to pump, process, transport and refrigerate bottled water consumes over 50 million barrels of oil annually, more fuel than is required for 100,000 cars in a year. Recycling those bottles uses additional energy and other resources.
Stand up for communities. Bottled water is often diverted from communities that rely on that water for their livelihood or future. The bottling companies make profits, and the citizens of these areas are negatively impacted, sometimes even having to buy bottled water themselves when the non-diverted water from their taps is not safe.
Feel good about what you’re doing. Making the switch makes us part of the solution.