Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bottled Water Waste Resources

According to Green, in 2008 Americans spent nearly eleven billion dollars on over eight billion gallons of bottled water that used over seventy million plastic bottles each day. Then we threw away over twenty-two billion plastic containers that used over one and a half million barrels of oil to produce and this does not include the oil and gasoline used for transport. Ironically, according to the website, it takes five liters of water to produce the plastic bottle that holds one liter of water. An illogical waste of resources is an understatement.

Bottled water is perceived to be healthy and convenient but that is not always the case. Based on a four year study of over one hundred-three brands of bottled water, The National Resources Defense Council reported that one-third or thirty-four brands had levels of bacteria that exceeded purity guidelines. And when it comes to convenience which is easier; driving to the store and purchasing enough water for the week then transport it back, carry it inside and find a place to store it. When you are finished you then must deal with the empty containers that take up space.

The sensible solution is to filter your water at the point of use. Carico’s Water Purification Systems remove chlorine, chemicals, organic substances and many other impurities. What could be easier than pulling a container from the cupboard and filling it up.

You can purchase a reusable, BPA free plastic water container for under ten dollars. With a case of bottled water costing about five dollars ($.22 per bottle), even at your bulk purchasing outlets, you would save over seventy-five dollars per year by not purchasing bottled water. A family of four would save over three hundred dollars per year assuming one bottle per person per day.

If you consider the amount of oil and gas saved in production and transport this small change could have a major positive impact on society and on the health and finances of families all over the world.

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