As a water-lover and professional on world water ethics, I see H2O all over the place: waterfalls and lakes, drought and flood, glowing, nonetheless, bottled, faucet, from a properly, within the surf, behind a dam, in plastic, in glass, from the cooler at yoga class, with or with out ice.
How we drink our water exhibits us what sort of society we’re. I would like my physique and my society to mirror sustainable values, so I solely drink disposable, plastic bottled water if there may be completely no different. If I have been in a very excessive state of affairs—say, a cholera epidemic, an space with out dependable water provide, or a desert, for instance—then I’d drink bottled water. Fortunately, most of us should not in these conditions. And great alternate options are simply obtainable.
Sound excessive? It’s not, when you think about these 7 truths about bottled water. Learn on, and develop into a more healthy particular person, a better client, and a world citizen!
1 Plastic bottles should not sustainable, it doesn’t matter what we have been instructed.
Utilizing huge portions of fossil fuels and water, these bottles are manufactured, stuffed, and shipped across the globe. (Not a very good carbon footprint!) Neither are bottles biodegradable in any significant approach: what you drink in a couple of minutes can stick round for a thousand years.
Even with recycling efforts, 6 out of seven plastic bottles consumed within the U.S. are “downcycled”—despatched someplace out of sight and out of thoughts the place, for the following millennia, toxins from degrading plastic containers can leach into watersheds and soil. That’s simply not one thing we have to give to world neighbors and future generations.
2 Some bottled water is glorified faucet water at 10,000 instances the price.
The label in your bottled water might depict a peaceable mountain stream, however that does not imply the water inside is pure and pristine.
Just some bottled water comes from springs or groundwater sources. It seems that roughly 25% of bottled water is sourced from … the faucet. Certain, some firms filter or radiate the faucet water with ultraviolet gentle earlier than promoting it to you at a number of thousand instances the price of municipal faucet water. (Examples embrace Aquafina, Dasani, and lots of different manufacturers.)
Furthermore, research present that bottled water samples can include phthalates, mildew, microbes, benzene, trihalomethanes, even arsenic. And solely lately did the FDA begin regulating bottled water for E. Coli, due to advocacy by the Pure Sources Protection Council.
Upshot: bottled water markup is excessive. Well being requirements are sometimes a wash and will even favor faucet water. (If you happen to’re involved about municipal water provide and wish to know extra, take a look at this useful useful resource, which will help you find out about your municipal water provide and determine if filtration or purification is best for you.)
three Many bottled waters include toxins, even when they’ve nixed BPA.
Plastic is not simply unhealthy for the planet (see #1). It’s not good for you, both.
Bottled water firms more and more use BPA-free plastic, however laced into plastic bottles are different chemical substances that may seep out if bottles are uncovered to warmth or sit round for a very long time. A few of these chemical substances are doable endocrine disruptors. Nobody is aware of for certain what the well being outcomes are. Do you actually need your physique to bear that experiment?
four Trend, foodies, and sustainable cities are taking again the faucet.
New York Metropolis’s Trend Week, Chez Panisse, the town of San Francisco and Grand Canyon Nationwide Park have all lowered or eradicated bottled water! AVEDA teamed up with New York’s Division of Environmental Safety throughout Trend Week 2010 to offer free consuming fountains on the streets of New York.
5 Native water is the brand new complement to native, natural meals.
Native meals is all over the place lately: CSAs, farmers markets, farm-to-table eating. That native meals is grown and cooked with … native water! It’s the invisible a part of the sustainable, wholesome meals you eat.
So, locavores, it’s time to get your hydrophilia on and respect your water provide simply as a lot as you do your CSA. Shouldn’t we look after and assist our water sources like we assist wholesome, natural, native farms?