These days many people carry around a reusable water bottle to work or school, and for good reason! While it is a much better choice for the environment, there are also a number of benefits to ditching pre-packed plastic bottles. If you are still a consumer of packaged-in-plastic water, here are 5 great reasons to buy a water bottle and stop shopping bottled water.
1. It’s an easy way to help the environment
The number one reason to purchase a reusable water bottle is to protect the environment. Millions of plastic bottles are used every day and only about 10% of those actually get recycled. That’s a ton of waste, literally. On top of that, add all the fuel used for transportation and manufacturing of plastic, and we are talking about a huge, and totally avoidable, impact on our environment.
2. A refillable bottle will save you money
Shopping bottled water is very expensive. If you calculate the amount of money you spend for bottled water you drink every day, you are likely to stop buying it right away. Drinking the recommended daily amount of water using bottled water can cost an average of $1,500 per year.
3. BPA (Bisphenol A) is not good for health
BPA is an estrogen-mimicking chemical in plastic that may affect your health. Studies have shown that BPA can affect brain function, immune function, hormonal function, as well as affecting babies—as some plastic toys contain BPA. When shopping a reusable water bottle, choose aluminum, glass or make sure the plastic ones are BPA-free.
4. Tap water is okay to drink!
Did you know that over 90 percent of public water systems meet EPA’s standards for tap water quality? So, you actually do not need to buy bottled water. However, if you still don’t trust your local tap water, a filtration system is an excellent way to provide top quality water for you and your family.
5. Many brands bottle tap water anyway
If you are spending your money on top-quality brands of bottled water, you’d be unhappy to find out that about 40% of pre-packaged water comes from tap water. The Natural Resources Defense Council has confirmed that the majority of brands of water contain a good percentage of water from tap.
If you already made the switch, what’s your favorite brand of reusable water bottle? Let us know below!