How often do you open a bottle of water to drink? The truth is that this is a very common thing to do, whether you reach for a bottle from the fridge, or take a bottle with you when you are out for a run. There is no problem with doing this, right? There is no harm with drinking bottled water. Well, that is not really true. Bottled water is actually no healthier to drink than a lot of tap water, and it’s also bad for the environment.
The best way to get fresh water to drink in your home is actually to filter it. If you want to take water with you on a run then just put some filtered water into a reusable bottle. But, why is bottled water so harmful to the environment?
The dangers of the plastic bottle
The bottled water that you buy from the store may taste good to you, but what happens to the bottle when you have finished with it? Many plastic bottles end up in the oceans, or in landfill sites. This adds to the pollution of the planet.
Even when plastic is recycled, into products such as fertilizer, there is a problem. The issue of micro plastics is only just being recognized and the long-term effects on humans and animals are not clear as yet.
Just making the bottle that you drink from is also a major drain on the planet’s resources. It takes three times as much water to make the bottle than it does to fill it. Is it really worth taking such a big risk with the health of the planet, just to enjoy a drink of water?
Why filtration is the best option
The truth is that it makes more sense to filter the water that comes out of the tap than it does to buy bottled water from a store. Filtering the water removes chemicals, dirt and other additives which may be present, and gives you the clean and fresh water you are looking for.
There are many different water filtration systems on the market. Two of the most popular are the counter top water filter and the under sink water filter. Counter top systems are usually lower in price because they do not require any plumbing. But, they do take up valuable counter space and you cannot filter very much water at one time. If you want to filter a larger amount of water, you may be better advised to buy an under sink system. It will cost you more, as plumbing is required, but it’s hidden away under the sink.
Any water filtration system gives you access to water that is clean and safe to drink. It’s a far better option than buying environment damaging bottles of water. Although the initial investment may seem high, you can save money in the long-term, as you no longer need to purchase water from the store.