June 5 every year is marked for the World Environment Day. Every year tonnes of pledges and millions of agendas are spoken about. Many goals have been reached, but it is still miles to go before I sleep.
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This year pledge to stop using bottled water, at least start trying. I see families completely relying on bottled water. Today having a bottled water in hand is a symbol of prestige than need and is as common as may be a cell phone in hand.
It seems more like a marketing strategy of commercial businesses . What do they sell-- healthy, pristine waters right from the glaciers, healthy active people gulping down water from the bottle.
Why Do We Need Bottled Water?
I know, safety is the first issue that comes to your mind. We just fail to trust out local tap water. Until you read this:
According to WHO the only difference between bottled water and tap water is that it is made available in PET(polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and not through pipes.
A four year long study by Natural Resources Defense Council showed that on testing thousand bottles sold in the United States, about one fifth contained deadly chemicals such as toluene, xylene, or styrene–known or possible carcinogens and neurotoxins.
Do you still believe that tap water is not worth it?
According to WWF, there are traditional purifying ways available for those who buy water for health concerns. It’s as simple as boiling and filtering which for generations we’ve been doing.
Give it a thought: An empty water bottle can lay up in a landfill for about 1000 years before dying out. The toxins that they emit are detrimental to the Ozone. No wonder Canada has banned manufacturing of bottled water.
These are a few pointers to make you realize how we can actually stop using bottled water.
Cost: A single water bottle costs over $1.00, over 1900 times the cost of tap water. Every year an average US citizen ends up spending over $400 just for bottled water.
Figures: Americans’ quench thirst with bottled water consuming more than 28 billion bottles every year. Ever wondered where do they all go? Of which nearly 86% end in garbage. The amount of oil that was burnt to produce those plastic bottles could have been enough to fuel about 100,000 cars in that year.
Health: You kept your bottled water in cars thinking it was convenient. Didn't you? The heat in the car and plastic of the bottles can leach out chemicals that can lead to several types of cancer. You might not have even kept that bottle in the car. But do you know the journey it has gone through? Local stores keep the bottle at an average 55 degree F to 100 degree F and in the truck it could be way beyond.
Since most of the bottled water is used outside of home, more than 80% of the bottles reach landfills. The bottles should not be put in trash but in specified bins for plastic recycling.
Did you know that the PET bottles that we throw in the bin can actually be recycled to be as raw material in sweaters, carpets, and even in home products! So think before you buy that Bottle!
Leaving behind bottled water could keep your wallet and Mother Earth green!