I've just recently jumped on water "bandwagon" because honestly I'd rather drink a coke. I've been trying to drink more water and less soda to help with losing some weight. At home I always drink from a glass, but when I'm running around town or hiking through the woods, I bring my bottle of water. Naturally I started looking into the facts about bottled water.
So the above statement seems almost obvious. It's water. Why in the world would anyone actually want to pay for water, when you can get it out of your faucet at home for free. The kids hate when I say that because they like everyone else are captivated by the water commercials. So here's what we're not told about drinking bottled water.
- 38 million plastic bottles go to the dump per year in America from bottled water (not including soda)
- U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles alone. Source: idswater.org
- Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become "litter." Source: ValleyWater.org
- 24 million gallons of oil are needed to produce a billion plastic bottles.
- Plastic bottles pose a health risk. Studies have shown that chemicals called phthalates, which are known to disrupt testosterone and hormones, can leach into bottled water over time.
- Studies have indicated that food and drinks stored in such containers—including those ubiquitous clear Nalgene water bottles hanging from just about every hiker’s backpack—can contain trace amount of Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical that interferes with the body’s natural hormonal messaging system.