Manufacturers of bottled water take good care of us. They provide us with crystal clear water from springs and glaciers, untouched and clean. Their water is healthier than what we get at home from our kitchen and it’s inexpensive. Right? Well, no actually.
Here’s some important facts:
- The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) tested 103 brands of bottled water and found there was no certainty that bottled water is safer or cleaner than tap water.
- Municipalities have to disclose their water testing results to the public, whereas bottled water companies do not. (If you don’t like the way your tap water tastes, you can buy inexpensive carbon filters which should help and they still end up being less than purchasing bottled water. You can also see how your local water compares to others here.)
- 80 percent of plastic water bottles are not recycled.
- Water bottles can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.
- Tap water costs about $0.0015 per gallon.
- Bottled water costs about $1.27 per gallon.
- 25 percent of bottled water is filtered tap water (For example: Aquafina and Dasani)
We can all make a huge difference in the amount of waste produced by empty bottles and the many millions of gallons of oil needed to make them if we just used refillable ones. A great toxic and BPA-free option is a Kleen Kanteen. I’ve been using one for a few years now and really love it. It’s made of only stainless steal, with no special lining inside. The opening is large enough to put ice cubes in too. They even come in a sippy cup version.
Head on over to Green Mom Finds where they’re having a Kleen Kanteen sippy cup giveaway until July 29, 2008. The Soft Landing is also having a giveaway until July 31, 2008 for a Safe Sippy, which is also BPA-free. Good luck!