Still buying bottled water?
I have read that in the last couple of years, Americans have been spending over 15 billion dollars on bottled water.
BILLION !! Money down the drain?I certainly think so. About 24% of bottled water is just filtered tap water.
You can get the same quality of water by installing a filter on your faucet at home. If you are like Farmer Dad, and feel the cost ($100 or less) is prohibitive, You might want to consider this,
you can buy a half-liter of bottled water for $1.35.
If you filled this same bottle with filtered tap water once a day, it would take roughly 10 years
before you spent that $1.35. However, if you purchased one bottle of water every day,
after 10 years you will have spent $4,927.50.
There are also some pretty good environmental and socially responsible reasons that just strengthen the case for the tap as well.
- Plastic is a petroleum based product.
- The pollutants associated with the manufacture and transportation of these plastic bottles is unnecessarily damaging to the environment.
- Of the 50 billion plastic water bottles used last year, about 38 billion went straight to landfills.
- The plastic in those land filled bottles is worth around $1 billion.
- 12 billion bottles were recycled, but remember that plastic does not recycle into the same quality plastic. It can only be recycled a finite number of times before it can no longer be recycled.
- When over 1 billion people in the world don’t have access to safe drinking water, buying bottled water with all its associated financial, environmental and social costs seems irresponsible – especially when a home filter gives you the same or better quality water than bottled water.
We are all about saving the planet's resources around here, especially when we can
save some of our own green at the same time! How's that for a Green Up Saturday?