Drinking Water: Filtered Tap or Bottled?

Which one is better?

It is a fact that plastic bottle’s impact has been very detrimental on the environment. The making of the plastic bottle in the US uses over 1.5 million barrels of oil, enough to run 100,000 cars for a year. About 80% of the bottles are not recycled, causing about 38 billion of them to continue to clog landfills every year, where they take over 700 years to even begin to decompose.

On the other hand, many parts of the US provide quality tap water. In fact, bottle companies like Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coke’s Dasani use filtered municipal water. And for children, tap water is even beneficial — it contains fluoride.

So, if plastic is a petroleum based product and a source of phthalates, a very harmful chemical, and filtered tap water is a safe option that not only is beneficial but also can be less contaminated than bottled and cheaper, why is bottled water so popular? Many people are yet to consider all the benefits about filtered tap water and the negative impact of the bottled water. Furthermore, bottled water has been a convenience for the “on the go” lifestyle.

Spread the news and lead by example. Install a filtered system at home (many are quite inexpensive) and use an aluminum carrying bottle. Kick the water bottle habit, protect the environment, save money and live healthier… UpGreen!

For more information about your local tap water, go to: http://epa.gov/safewater/

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