Overall, approximately $15 billion are spent by Americans on bottled water, every year. This comes out to be about 28 million bottles of water!
Keep in mind, these figures are only derived from what Americans spend and purchase—not what people in other countries throughout the world do with respect to purchasing bottled water.
On a global scale, 160 billion liters (42 billion gallons) are consumed within a year’s time frame.
Is Drinking Bottled Water a Healthy Habit?
Most people believe they are exhibiting healthy habits by drinking bottled water; they think it is safer than tap or municipal water.
However, public health professionals claim that municipal water is safer than bottled water because most major cities have a water supply testing process that tests (every hour) for about 25 different chemicals and pathogens; whereas bottled water requirements are less meticulous.
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Within the United States approximately one-fourth of the bottled water sold in today’s market is reprocessed municipal water.
In addition, many manufactures of the bottled water draw their water from water aquifers that may or may not be safe for consumption. Additionally, in China two-thirds of the bottled water contained dangerous levels of toxins and pathogens.
Unfortunately, over 80% of the plastic bottled water containers end up in landfills even though they are easily recyclable. In other countries it’s even worse with respect to recycling plastic water bottles.
The average energy cost to make plastic material for bottled water, fill the bottle with water, transport it to the marketplaces throughout the world, and then handle the waster removals would be “…like filling up ¼ of every bottle with oil.”
Do People Actually Like Bottled Water?
Here’s something else to consider!
In blind taste tests most adults can’t tell the difference between bottled water and municipal water—they actually prefer the tap, or municipal water.
Keep in mind, the plastic of bottled water can leach out toxic chemicals after a few weeks or months. So, consider this insight if you decide to purchase bottled water from a store. You may not know the shelf life and you may subject yourself to drinking plasticizers toxins and other toxic materials.
In the majority of cases bottled water is wasteful, less safe, and expensive when compared to most municipal or tap water.
Do yourself a favor and practice healthy habits by drinking tap water to help your budget, health, and environment.
As part of the Healthy Habits Detox Plan we facilitated a few weeks ago, did this article provide you with valid information to consider pertaining to your water drinking habit?
We ask you to please explain whether you will continue with drinking bottled water or revert back to a more reliable sources.
On the other hand, let us know if you find drinking bottled water is a healthy alternative.
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