After reading this article, I am now more determined than ever not to buy bottled water. In our family we have a pitcher for the fridge (I believe it is a Brita) and we have several water bottles we fill up and take with us when we are away from home. We wash them and reuse them almost every day. According to the article, bottled water costs 1,900 times more than tap water and when tested was no less polluted than tap water.
It sounds like buying bottled water is a great way to throw your money down the drain. Invest in some good bottles and a home filter and you have a better product for less money, and of course less waste!
Editors note: A faithful reader pointed out that Nalgene type bottles might not be safe. I have not done extensive research on this so I don’t have an opinion yet. I do know that some “green” sites recommend aluminum water bottles. Personally I don’t care for these because I think they make the water taste like metal. But that is purely a personal preference. You can read an article about water bottle safety here.
Another reader said she keeps water bottles for emergencies. She makes a great point. I would highly recommend having enough water for your family for three or four days at least. I just read an article about this and hope to write more soon.
Another note : If you would like to read the other side of the story, my emails with a representative for the International Bottled Water Association are published here.
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