Why you need to Rethink How You Drink!
Bottled water seems to be all the rage these days. From it's fresh and vibrant packaging to it's health claims, it's no wonder consumers opt for the promise of refreshing "glacial" H20. But bottled water isn't all it's cracked up to be; here are some reasons why you should Tap It!
Many people assume that bottled water is the purest source of water available. And we would easily believe that with labels claiming "natural spring water" and "pure glacial water". The truth is, this water comes from the same water system as the water that comes out of our taps, but not necessarily with the same quality.
Generally, plastic bottles are deemed to be safe, but studies have shown certain dangers associated with chemicals in the plastic. Most plastic water bottles are packaged with a thermoplastic polymer resin called polyethylene terephthalate, also known at PET. This is a potentially toxic chemical that, in small doses, can lead to dizziness, depression, nausea, vomiting and, in large doses, sometimes death.
A second chemical packaged in plastic water bottles is bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA. BPA is a harmful chemical linked to neurological and behavioural problems, reproductive challenges and immune system deficiencies.
On top of this, tap water is governed by rigorous environmental standards. Aquatera meets or exceeds the CANADIAN DRINKING WATER GUIDELINES and produces QUALITY REPORTS that are readily available for your reading pleasure on our website.
Bottled water is more expensive than gasoline! The average price of gasoline in Grande Prairie right now is $1.32/litre, while the average price of a bottle of water is a staggering $2.78/litre. The cost of tap water is a mere $0.001/litre. Think of all the things you could do with that extra money!
We all know that improper disposal of garbage and recycling can have a serious impact on the environment. In Grande Prairie, a devastating 88% of plastic water bottles end up in our landfill (imagine the money you could recuperate if you returned these refundable bottles and cans!). These plastic bottles take hundreds of years to decompose, if at all.
Unfortunately, many of those that do not make it to bottle depots and landfills end up in our oceans - as many as eight million metric tons. And we’ve all seen disturbing photos of our precious wildlife suffering the repercussions of our actions.
But the environmental impact of plastic water bottles extends far beyond this. Plastic water bottles don’t come out of thin air – they need to be manufactured. And what is used to manufacture them? Oil… In the US alone, 17 million barrels of oil are used every year to make plastic water bottles, and the abuse of fossil fuels to make these produces three tons of carbon dioxide emissions, placing an immense burden on Mother Nature.
So the next time you go to your local grocer I hope you keep these facts in mind. To avoid contributing to the harmful effects of plastic water bottles, prepare yourself in advance by purchasing that trendy reusable water bottle you’ve already been eyeing up, and always remember, Take it to the Tap!