THE SCOURGE OF BOTTLED WATER
Author - Paul Heaton
Let’s talk about recycling. No, let’s not. It’s a vast subject and this short article would barely scratch the surface. Let’s just say that recycling is bad, yes BAD. The reason it’s bad is that it validates our feel good factor each time we fill up our recycling bin. The reality is that most ‘recyclable’ products go unrecycled and end up elsewhere. What we need to collectively focus on is REDUCING our need for packaged products in the first place or find alternative ways to maintain our day-to-day habits.
Which brings us back to bottled water. Did you know it takes TWO bottles worth of water to make ONE bottle of water? Did you know bottled water uses 17 million barrels of oil annually? Did you know that, on average, only 1 in 5 bottles are actually recycled? What happens to the other 4? Been to any beach recently?
The bigger question is why consumers buy the stuff in the first place?
- Convenience – of course. Even the International Bottled Water Association states that “Convenient access to bottled water as a healthy alternative to sugary beverages helps consumers make better choices”. So it’s convenience before social responsibility? Drink water and you won’t get fat.
- It’s healthier – definitely! Well, that’s what water bottling companies would have you believe. In reality there’s NO scientific evidence which states bottled water is any better for you than what comes out of the tap. Even the FDA won’t preach that. Surprised? When did you last drink tap water?
- Plastic bottles are safe! Mmmm……not REALLY. Many of those bottled water leviathans are hoodwinking us into thinking that BPA-free plastic (Bisphenol A) is safe. Scientists (independant scientists, not Nestlé scientists) determined that BPA actually mimics estrogen, which is harmful to babies and young children, so the BPA-free bottle was invented - woohoo! What’s NOT generally known is that BPA was replaced with BPS (Bisphenol S) which has since been determined to ‘leach’ into whatever product it’s holding also and the net effect on us humans is possible metabolic disorders….you know – diabetes, asthma, birth defects, cancer…..things like that. Conclusively, many scientific studies will conclude that chemicals WILL leach into a product over time, exacerbated by duration and temperature. So don’t be fooled into thinking a BPA-free plastic bottle is the best thing since sliced bread as its successor BPS is lurking in the shadows.
We’re all fed the mantra that we must drink 8 glasses of water per day. This is actually a misnomer. There’s a mechanism inside your body which will be triggered WHEN you actually NEED water. It’s called thirst and is the body’s natural ‘top-up’ mechanism.
If you really feel obligated to filter what comes out of your tap, buy a water pitcher. Cost? 19c per day vs. bottled water at $4.98 per day. And you’ll feel so much better knowing you’re not inflating the bank balances of the Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Nestlé’s of this world. Yep, they’re the big three, generating $4bn in sales to May 14, 2017.