Bottled water is one the fastest growing beverage industries in the world. In the U.S. alone, people go through over 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour of the day!
Bottled Water is Big Business.
But with that growth, has come tremendous criticism.
Is bottled water really better?
Well, in July of this year the Government Accountability Office issued a report stating that bottled water, which is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, receives less stringent safety oversight than tap water.
And we’re spending a dollar for something that could be more dangerous
than what comes out of our faucet.
So, why is bottled water so dangerous…
1. The Natural Resources Defense Counsil conducted a study of 103 different brands of bottled water (over 1,000 bottles tested total) and found that une-third of them contained synthetic organic chemicals and bacteria. They also found traces of arsenic and E. coli.
2. City tap water undergoes has higher purity standards than bottled water.
3. the NRDC and Consumer Reports have also found that some bottled water is simply tap water, bottled up in a nice package with flowing springs and mountains.
For example, the Aquafina brand, is drawn from the municipal water supplies
of Detroit, Frenso, and other cities.
4. Plus, if you didn’t already know, Coke and Pepsi are the main producers of bottled water (under different brand names of course), and they also use tap, not spring water.
5. The environmental toll is HUGE! Bottled water is typically made of plastic polyethylene terephthalate. The manufacturing of thest bottles can release phathalates (toxins) into the environment, which have been found to cause birth defects in animals.
6. 90% of those bottles end up in the trash, quickly filling up our landfills.
7. The longer these bottles sit on the shelf, in the sunlight, or at room temperature, the more chemicals and bacteria that seep into the water.
Fortunately, the customers are becoming much more educated about their purchasing habits and the truth behind all marketing facade.
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