The Pros and Cons of Bottled Water

For the last several years, it’s been a very loosely guarded secret that most of the major brands of bottled water are nothing more than filtered tap water. It doesn’t make sense for us to pay $1.00 a bottle or more in some cases when the same thing comes out of drinking fountains for free (unless you have some particularly nasty tap water, in which case you should buy a Britta filter.) It’s time to ditch buying bottled spring water and come up with a better solution.

We all want to be able to carry water around with us, and buying bottled water is a very convenient way to do that, but it’s also very expensive and detrimental to the environment. Plastic bottles aren’t exactly biodegradable, and the plastic casting that it comes around certainly isn’t doing any favors for the world either. There’s no reason to pay $1.00 a bottle for the privilege of having someone else fill your water bottle for you at the expense of your wallet and the environment. Did you know that on average it takes 21 bottles of water just to create the plastic bottle, fill it up with water, and ship it to you? That’s insane!

There are a couple of good solutions to this problem. Personally I use a Nalgene bottle and fill it up with water and ice at the beginning of the work day or whenever I’m traveling somewhere and I know it’s going to be hot. The water that comes out of my tap can’t be costing more than a dime, and I have a nice 32 oz container full of water.

If you’re a very on the go person, there’s another very workable solution for bottled water. Go ahead and buy a case of bottled water the first time, but don’t throw away the bottles after they’re empty. Instead collect them all in one location, and when you’ve run out of bottled water, take the time to rinse them out and fill them back up with tap water. Put them in the fridge, let them chill, and you have another case of water again! Instead of paying $5.0 0 or $6.00 for a case of water at Wal-Mart, you instead are paying just pennies to do so as part of your monthly water bill.

Whether you personally buy bottled water or not isn’t going to change the world or save you a ton of money, but it will save you a few bucks here and there and will help make your life a little bit more environmentally friendly.