Can We Live Without Bottled Water?
Imagine a world where bottled water doesn’t exist. Would we be able to live like that? Perhaps a better question would be: should we live without it? Producing bottled water has harrowing effects on the environment, yet we consume it at an alarming rate. According to The Water Project, plastic bottles take more than 1000 years to degrade and, when they do, toxic chemicals seep into the soil and water reserves. In most cases these bottles end being burn with normal refuse, releasing highly toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Facts about how bottled water is unsustainable include:
- According to the Pacific Institute, it takes up to three times the amount of water to produce one bottle than it takes to fill it. That is worrying, as water shortages are a current concern the world over.
- It takes approximately 17 million barrels of oil each year just to produce plastic bottles – the same oil that will be depleted in about 50 years from now. And these figures do not even include resources used for the distribution.
- 1 ton of plastic produces around 3 tonnes of carbon dioxide that is released in the atmosphere.
Some may argue that packaged water is a necessity in some cases. For example, bottled water may be needed when there is a waterborne disease doing the rounds or absolutely no other source available for consumption. This may be due to pollution or severe drought, but this is hardly the case in urban areas where we only buy water for the sake of convenience. However, it would take some adjustment to live without it, but there are alternatives that are more cost-effective, better for you and environmentally friendly. Below are sustainable alternatives to bottled water:
These are one of your best options and come in a variety of trendy designs and colours. They are sustainable, cost-effective and contain no chemicals that can leach into your water. Simply fill up at a tap or water fountain and be on your way.
Stainless Steel Bottles
Much the same as glass bottles, stainless steel is reusable, eco-friendly and chemical-free. It also looks appealing and lasts much longer.
Drinking water fountains are making a comeback in schools, parks and other public places, with many water companies doing custom designs and installations. They’re super convenient, as you only need to stop to take a sip or fill your reusable water bottle. You’ll be refreshed without contributing to pollution.
Filtered Water Dispensers
There are many benefits that come with drinking filtered water, including a better taste and little to no harmful contaminants. Again, if you have one of these installed at home or the office you can just refill your bottle and be on your merry way.
Living without bottled water seems very possible, doesn’t it? It will take some adjustment but, with multiple sustainable options available, the transition can be an easy one.