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Reiterating Why You Should Not Buy Bottled Water

Published On August 6, 2014 | By Hannah Ellsbury | Articles

USA Business Daily put together this well-written, fact-based post on why you should not buy bottled water. Not only because of the cost factor, but also the harmful chemicals plastic bottles leach into the water and eventually into your body.

Scares over possible water contamination have helped boost demand for bottled water over the last few decades, experts say, but people are often times drinking the same water that comes out of the tap. “The general public thinks bottled water is going to be safer and cleaner than tap water,” says Mae Wu, attorney in the health program at National Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D. C. “For the most part, that’s not true.”

Bottled water is not without chemicals, according to studies of European bottled waters carried out in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France— one published in 2011 and the other in 2013 —by Martin Wagner, a scientist at Goethe University Frankfurt’s Department of Aquatic Ecotoxicology. “Bottled water had a higher contamination of chemicals than glass bottles,” he says. “There are many compounds in bottled water that we don’t want to have there.”

Among the main compounds Wagner found: Endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, which can act like hormones in the body and have been linked to diabetes, breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. (The International Bottled Water Association’s Hogan says the presence of EDCs in bottled tap water suggests that their origin may have been environmental rather than from a packaging material.

Consumers can purify their own tap water for a fraction of the cost, says Nick Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx, a brokerage and a services firm. “Is it better still to filter your own tap water than buy your own bottled water?” he says. “It’s more economical and better for the environment, and one way to avoid using a lot of scrap plastic.”

In the four decades since the launch of Perrier water in the U. S. market in the mid-1970s, American consumption of bottled water has surged 2,700%, from 354 million gallons in 1976 to 9. 7 billion gallons in 2012, Colas says.

People are expected to spend nearly $270 billion on bottled water by 2020, up from $157 billion in 2013, according to estimates released last month by Transparency Market Research, helped by the availability of different flavored and vitamin rich functional water.

“Part is leaching from the plastic bottles, lids or contamination of the well. Most European bottled water comes from springs that aren’t purified,” Wagner says.

Some 45% of bottled waters in the U. S. are actually purified tap water, according to Peter Gleick, a scientist and author of “Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water.” Bottled water sourced from municipal water supplies include Dasani, owned by Coca-Cola, and Aquafina, owned by PepsiCo.

[USA Business Daily]

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