BOTTLED.....AND THE WINNER IS!.......
glug--that's the sound a ginormous number of us make as we sip
bottled water in our cars, at the gym, behind our desks, etc.
The sound you
DON'T hear is the thwack of 60 million bottles a day being tossed
into U.S. landfills and incinerators.
If that's not
enough to turn your conscience a brighter shade of green, add
this: Producing those bottles burns through 1.5 million barrels
of crude oil annually--enough fuel to keep 100,000 cars running
for a year. Recycling helps, but reusing is even better. Invest
in a couple of portable, dishwasher-safe, stainless steel bottles
like Klean Kanteens that won't leach nasty chemicals into your
water. (Don't get into the habit of refilling the water bottle
you just emptied; the polyethylene terephthalate it's made of
breaks down with multiple usings.)
4 MORE REASONS TO TURN ON THE TAP:
1. Tap Water
is Tested Daily
Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, water suppliers are required
to provide an annual report on the quality of your local water
and to test it daily. The FDA examines bottled water only weekly,
and results are not available to consumers. You can easily
get the lowdown on your state's drinking water quality at
2. Tap Water
Is a Bargain
Bottled water costs about 500 times more than tap. If you're
into really fancy labels, up to 1,000 times more.
3. Tap Water
is a Tooth Saver
Most municipal water has more fluoride than bottled water, which
helps prevent tooth decay.
4. Tap Water
is Often Tastier
Some places (New York City, for one) have delicious water, but
if you don't love the flavor of yours, the solution is simple:
Run your tap water through a Brita or Pur filter to remove most
tastes and odors. The average home filter goes for $8.99 and
produces the equivalent of 300 large (16.9 ounce) bottles of
water. That's about $0.03 cents a bottle, versus the $1.25 or
so you'd pay in a market.
© 2007 by Bob Staake - All Rights Reserved