Water is essential for a healthy body. (In fact, 60-70% of our bodies are made up of water.)
So when my husband recently announced that the landlord of his studio space had decided to get rid of the water cooler and buy bottled water instead, I GASPED! Then I immediately emailed him some of my objections and begged him to reconsider.
First, bottled water is both wasteful and harmful if their containers are not properly recycled and they wind up as trash in a landfill – and every year 38 billion bottles, valued at $1 billion, DO end up in landfills. It even takes approximately 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet America’s $22 billion(!) annual demand of bottled water! Add to that the cardboard bases they use, the plastic wrap that goes around the case and the carbon footprint of transportation… more waste, more trash, more CO2! Not very environmental or economical.
I also have an on-going concern with the BPA content in the bottles themselves. Research has shown links to side effects that include behavioral problems, brain development issues, cancers and a whole slew of other debated conditions, especially when consumed by children. That alone should be enough to scare anyone away. Not very healthy.
But now I have a crazy idea… tap water anyone?! I know there will be some groans at this suggestion and objections about the taste, as well as questions about whether tap water is really safe, but in most cases, yes, it is absolutely safe. If you have concerns or just want more assurance, install a water filter… simple as that.
We were raised on tap water, right? But marketers have “gotten” to some of us by glamorizing bottled water (as if it “says” something about us) or claiming some health benefit. Don’t buy it or “buy it!” And despite some companies trying to make a more environmental product (like boxed water), I can’t be swayed! Bottled water is convenient, but the best, most environmental, healthiest choice is investing in a good, reusable, stainless steel or aluminum bottle, and “tap into your tap”!
Next time someone asks if you’d like a bottle of water, be prepared to hold it high and say proudly “no thanks… I have my own!”