We stopped buying bottled water in our household over 2 years ago, when we invested $150 on a reverse-osmosis purifier and about $30 on some re-fillable bottles. There were many reasons why we chose to stop rockin' the bottled water:
- It's expensive. At $.50 - $4 a bottle, it gets pretty out of hand after awhile.
- It's heavy. We were tired of hauling bottled water crates out of the car and into the house.
- I was reading bottled water labels and began to notice that most of the water comes straight from a public water source (i.e., city tap water) and has undergone purification very similar to what you get from a home reverse osmosis system.
- Even though we recycled, we still felt it was extremely wasteful. Reducing consumption - or eliminating it entirely - is one step better than recycling.
- I felt guilty, even before I watched the above video. I am aware that people around the world are dying of thirst because they have no access to clean water. In this country we are fortunate enough to have clean water available literally at our fingertips any time we want it, yet we go out of our way to buy it in bottled form.
- And finally, I began to believe that it is impossible to get chemical-free water from a bottle. Most of these bottles have been transported and stored at high temperatures for months at a time. I noticed that my bottled water sometimes tasted "plasticky." I now know that this is because water will leach chemicals out of the plastic, especially if the bottle has been exposed to high temperatures (like in the car on a sunny day).
Anyone wanting to make a move to seriously increase their physical and financial health should stop rockin' the bottled water. It's such an easy fix. We purchased our filtration system from Costco and we use stainless steel water bottles. We are trying to phase out the use of plastic in our household as much as possible, due to its destructive effects on our bodies and landfills. And honestly, our filtered water tastes so much better than bottled water. We've had many visitors in our home ask us about our filtration system because they noticed the same thing.