The Truth about Bottled Water
Consumption of bottled water is increasing by ten percent every year worldwide, with the fastest growth seen in the developing countries of Asia and South America . The United States (U.S.) is the largest consumer market for bottled water in the world. The U.S. consumption of bottled water in 2008 was estimated to be 8.6 billion gallons, or 27.6 gallons per person. (source)
Unfortunately, many are still unaware of how harmful drinking bottled water is for not only our health, but our environment as well.
The dangers of bpa
Bottled water seems like the most convenient option, especially within the United States. Many don’t like the taste of tap water, or fear that their tap water is ridden with chlorine and other treatment chemicals. Some opt filters such as a Brita aerator or pitcher, or water dispensers with water sourced elsewhere. But what most are failing to realize is that bottled water isn’t necessarily better than tap water. One of the reasons for this is the plastic that seeps into the water. It sounds terrifying, something as innocent as taking a sip of water from a plastic bottle. An article produced by TIME shows just how present micro plastics are in our water to our air and food. A study on many of the different bottled water companies found that 93% of bottled water on the market contains a disturbing amount of micro-plastics. Some of them were so big that they could be seen with the naked eye. The main target for criticism is Bisphenol A (BPA), an organic synthetic compound widely used as a starting material in plastics. The suggestion is that it seeps out of the bottle into the water and causes issues such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and cancer, amongst many others. The chemical is an endocrine disruptor which mimics the effect of oestrogen in the human body. Critics suggest this can make it harder to conceive and that its presences in children’s’ products - including feeding bottles - causes adverse effects in children. Despite plastics undergoing rigorous testing to ensure they abide by legislation, the use of BPA has been banned in many countries, especially where used in children’s products, with many manufacturers replacing it with chemicals such as fluroene-9-bisphenol (BHBP). (source)
Bottled water is acidic
Excess acid in the diet can also lead to acidosis, which causes negative systemic side effects. However, water is not typically categorized as acidic. The purpose of this in-vitro study was to investigate the pH levels of several popular brands of bottled water and compare them to various other acidic beverages. The pH values for the tested beverages and bottled waters were found to be predominantly acidic. Ten out of the 14 beverages tested were acidic (pH<7), 2 municipal (or “tap”) waters were neutral (pH=7) and 2 bottled waters were alkaline (pH>7). The majority of waters tested had a more acidic pH when tested in the lab than the value listed in their water quality reports. (source)
The photos below demonstrates a pH test done on various brands of bottled water. Refer to the pH charts here for reference.
What you’re actually drinking
Most believe that bottled water is better the option on the notion that the water is pure, just as water should be. The label on your bottled water may depict a peaceful mountain stream, but that doesn't mean the water inside is pristine. Only some bottled water comes from springs or groundwater sources. It turns out that approximately 25% of bottled water is sourced from ... the tap. Sure, some companies filter or radiate the tap water with ultraviolet light before selling it to you at several thousand times the cost of municipal tap water. (Examples include Aquafina, Dasani, and many other brands.) Moreover, studies show that bottled water samples can contain phthalates, mold, microbes, benzene, trihalomethanes, even arsenic. And only recently did the FDA start regulating bottled water for E. Coli, thanks to advocacy by the Natural Resources Defense Council. (source)
Its 2019 & its not sustainable
Its easy to buy a case of bottled water for the week, grabbing a few bottles before you head out the door for the day, or grab one with dinner, or bring one to bed. But when adding up all the single use plastic bottles, its significant enough to be a major contributor to our world’s plastic problem. Even with recycling efforts, 6 out of 7 plastic bottles consumed in the U.S. are “downcycled”—sent somewhere out of sight and out of mind where, for the next millennia, toxins from degrading plastic containers can leach into watersheds and soil. (source) Plastic bottles require up to 700 years to dissolve.
90% of the cost of bottled water is the bottle itself.
80% of plastic bottles never get recycled.
38 million plastic bottles go to landfill each year in America alone.
24,000,000 liters of oil is needed to produce these billions of plastic bottles.
The average American consumes 167 bottles of water per year.
Bottling water and shipping transport is the least energy efficient method of water supply in the history of mankind.
Bottled water is the second most popular beverage in the United States.
Although the possibility of buying bottled water is simple and convenient for you, think about the impact on the environment. Take care of the environment and the future of our children. The easiest way to make a change today is to invest in at-home Kangen Water machine.