Bottled water does not fall under FDA guidelines, and is often has more mercury and other pollutants in it than public utility water
80% of water bottles end up in landfills, streams and the environment
It takes 5 bottles of water to create the plastic for 1 water bottle
Pepsi, Coca-Cola (owners of Dasani and Aquafina) and Nestle have all been accused of over pumping streams, taking water from farmers, and in some cases, capping public wells in third world countries, claiming ownership of aquifers and making it illegal for people to collect rainwater. (forcing villagers to go to the river and drink polluted water)
The popularity of bottled water soared in the 1990s and the early 2000s, but that is changing, according to figures from market research company TNS. Last year the on-going year-on-year increase in sales was halted and sales actually fell by 9%.
The United States is one of the few countries in the word that has clean, publicly available drinking water at a low cost. There is no reason for us to be buying a product that is not only almost free, but pollutes our environment.
You’ve heard the old saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I’d like to say, “buy a bottle of water and you quench your thirst for a day. Buy a reusable water bottle and you quench your thirst for a lifetime.”