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The Ugly Truths Bottled Water Companies Won’t Tell You

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“Therefore, while much tap water is indeed risky, having compared available data, we conclude that there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water.” — The Natural Resources Defense Council

Should we be able to cause substantial environmental damage just for the sake of convenience? Consumers purchasing bottled water and their manufacturers certainly think so. Bottled water can cause harm to your health and to our environment, are costly and are a huge strain on our water and energy sources.

Even with the encouraged efforts and attempts to recycle 38 billion (about 80%) water bottles are ending up in our landfills every year. This would, however, not be as terrible if the bottles decomposed but they don’t. Once the bottled water reaches these landfills, they could take 700 years to even begin to decompose. Ten percent of plastic makes its way into our oceans from being trashed by humans or carried by wind and rain. When this plastic is exposed to sunlight, the plastic elements are broken down and toxic chemicals are released, including BPA. These chemicals are then ingested by ocean animals, which are then ingested by humans.

These bottles, however, are not only damaging our environment but also our economy. Would you be willing to pay money every time you filled your water from the faucet? You may already be paying high prices for simple tap water. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, around 25% or more of bottled water is the same type of water you already have coming from your faucet. Tap water for all intensive purposes is almost free, meaning that when we purchase bottled water, we are paying around 500 times what it is worth. Does that make any sense to be overpaying by that much, when we could turn on the tap for free? US consumers spend around $11 billion on bottled water, that is $11 billion we are overpaying by simply making the decision to stop buying bottled water.

Bottled water manufacturers try to present their products as an ‘eco-friendly and healthy choice’. Bottled water alone uses 17 million barrels of oil every year; this could fuel 1 million cars for a year. The Environmental Research Letters journal estimated that 32 to 54 million barrels of oil are required to meet the demand of bottled water consumed in the US.

All of this damaging harm to our environment and economy could be halted with a choice. A choice to stop purchasing and consuming bottled water.

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Plastics Can be a Danger to Your Health

Plastics can a danger to your health

Recycled bottled water usage is on the rise.  Most people believe drinking out of recycled plastic bottles is more healthy. But did you know plastics can actually be harmful to your health?  Studies have shown the presence of thousands of man-made chemicals in a single water bottle, chemicals such as BPA.  BPA can easily leach from the plastic into the water you drink and impact the hormones in your body.

Bacteria in the water is also a major concern.  According to a North Dakota State University study, by reusing a plastic drinking water bottle many germs enter into the water you drink through salvia.  Some of the tests on the bottles after many days of use even found the presence fecal matter.

Put down the plastic today! For more information:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/131685-health-effects-plastic-

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Plastic plague

The plastic plague: Can our oceans be saved from environmental ruin?

By Kieron Monks, for CNN

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has become the stuff of legend. This hotspot of marine waste, created by the spiral currents of the North Pacific Gyre, has been described as a floating trash island the size of Russia.

But when filmmaker Jo Ruxton visited the location, she found clear blue water, and a deep-rooted problem.

Location and currents of the North Pacific Gyre.

“If you were diving, it looked like you had just jumped out of a plane,” says Ruxton. “But our nets were coming up completely choked with plastic pieces.”
The pieces were small enough to mingle with plankton, the tiny organisms at the base of the food web that support many fish and whale species. Researchers have found 750,000 microplastic pieces per square kilometer in the Garbage Patch, and the marine life is riddled with them.
“This was much more insidious than a huge mountain of trash which could be physically removed,” says Ruxton. “You can’t remove all the tiny pieces.”

Rising tide

Ruxton visited the site while producing the film “A Plastic Ocean,” in association with NGO Plastic Oceans, which documents the impact of half a century of rampant plastic pollution.
Around eight million tons of plastic enter the marine environment each year, and the figure is set to rise. The Ellen Macarthur Foundation estimates that 311 million tons of plastic were produced in 2014, which will double within 20 years, and projects that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.

Plastic is a remarkably durable material, with a potential lifespan of centuries. It does not biodegrade, but photodegrades under sunlight, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces, which attract toxins and heavy metals as they travel on the tides. Plastic is pulled together in the powerful, circling currents of gyres, but it is also found in Arctic ice, washing up on remote islands, and infesting tourist destinations.
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Do You Know Where Your Bottled Water Comes From?

The owners of a Chicago plumbing supply store thought they did.

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