How to Be Healthy, Frugal and Green In One Simple Step
Most people like making healthy choices that are also environmentally friendly, and nearly everyone likes saving money. When we find an easy way to do all three, it’s a pretty great feeling. You may have guessed where this post is heading – switching to a reusable water bottle (something with style if that appeals to you!) is one of those triple threat habits, improving your health, wallet and eco-friendliness in one fell swoop. Here’s how.
Drinking tap water is good for your health
If you’re like many people, you may be surprised to learn that bottled water isn’t as regulated by the federal government as the wet stuff coming from your tap. There are different agencies regulating water, and it’s up to the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure tap water is up to snuff. For bottled water, on the other hand, the Food and Drug Administration oversees both honest labeling and safety. And then, individual states come into play, regulating water that is either packaged or sold within their borders. Bad news – one in five states doesn’t even do that!
While tap water in most cities must be disinfected, filtered and tested for specific viruses, that’s not required for bottled water. Both tap and bottled water are routinely tested for bacteria and a range of synthetic organic chemicals, but city tap water is tested far more frequently.
And then there’s that plastic bottle itself. Many plastic bottles contain both BPA (Bisphenol A) and phthalates, known carcinogenic chemicals.
The upshot is that despite slick marketing campaigns and ad copy, you shouldn’t assume your bottled water is safer or cleaner than the water coming from your tap.
Switching to tap water eliminates exposure to the chemicals in bottled water. We all know staying hydrated is important for a healthy body and mind, and minimizing suspect chemicals when you’re filling up is always a good thing.
Drinking tap water is good for your wallet
An estimated quarter of all bottled water is tap water itself. Some it may have treated above and beyond its treatment as tap water, but some of it has not. And you’re paying a premium in uncharges either way. It costs anywhere from 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon to drink the bottled stuff. No matter what they’re promising on the label, that’s a stunningly high figure.
Yes, you pay your local water authority for the water that flows from your tap. But using that to top up your own water bottle instead of buying single-use disposables every time you’re out will save you big-time.
Drinking tap water is better for the environment
Packaging tap water in plastic takes a serious toll on the environment. Millions of barrels of oils are used solely for the production of single-use, disposable plastic water bottles, which then need to be transported all over the country to be filled with the same water you can get directly from your kitchen sink. Ultimately, those water bottles are tossed in the trash like so much garbage – just 16% will be recycled. The rest of them will in landfills or simply tossed aside.
It may take a week or two before grabbing your reusable water bottle when you leave home becomes a habit, but it’ll have such a positive impact on your health, your wallet and the environment. Make the switch today.