Visit any grocery or discount store and you will find entire aisles devoted to bottled water. The main differences are the prices, bottles and brand names. After all, h2o is h2o – given it is fresh, clean and suitable for drinking. In decades past, people did not buy bottled water in convenience-sized containers. They carried it in washable containers or used good old-fashioned drinking fountains. In these times of environmental consciousness and green living, some people have become more and more wasteful instead of more conscientious, and all in the name of convenience. Read on to find out if bottled water really is a waste of money, and decide for yourself if it is an unnecessary convenience.
Bottled Water from the Tap
When a home has city water that comes from one of the Great Lakes or high-quality well water from a city well, the bottled variety is a huge waste of money. After all, the bottled type has to come from somewhere, and it more than likely comes from a municipal tap. Read the fine print on the labels. The names are deceiving. The only time the bottled type is not a waste of money is when quality is in question at home or away. Even still, individual bottles are not necessary. This is when the large refillable containers and washable bottles should be used instead of bottled h2o.
Paying for Disposable Bottles
The bulk of the expense is the bottles, caps and the bottling process. The price of the water is miniscule in comparison. This is also why the bottled type is a waste of money. Why pay someone to put water in bottles that are completely unnecessary? Chances are the quality is no better than what comes out of the tap at home or at the office.
How Many are Recycled?
Bottled h2o is not really expensive, but the waste is not just monetary. Our society has become more conscious of waste, but some continue to waste for the sake of convenience. They do it because they can. Recycling is great, but even if they recycle, recycling takes energy.
The greatest way to save the planet is not through recycling but through consideration. It is important to consider what is and is not necessary, and this habit of convenience is certainly one of the most wasteful.
Invest in Washable Reusable Drinking Bottles Instead
Imagine if only half of the bottles that once contained drinking water ended up in a landfill. This is still a massive amount of waste, and it could have been avoided. Invest in washable reusable drinking bottles instead of the throwaway kind, or use a reverse osmosis drinking water system and fill washable bottles at home.
In any case, recycle through reconsideration. Make smart choices instead of choosing convenience. Really do your part to help the environment instead of contributing to the massive amount of waste already taking up space in the ground.