USAGE OF BOTTLED WATER

SHOULD WE AVOID IT?

For a long time now, bottled water has become a trend amongst people all around the world. Mostly, it is cheap and advertised as healthy. Unfortunately, the water is actually not always as healthy as it might seem. Many companies use tap water sealed into bottles, sometimes purified, sometimes not. Many people who buy water bottles never reuse them and the plastic ends up polluting the environment. The cost for transporting millions of empty bottles each month is huge, and ultimately pollutes the air. Therefore, harming the environment, polluting the air and wasting plastic and fuel are strong arguments that why should not sell bottle water.

“Drinking water is like washing out your insides. The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues.” – Kevin R. Stone

Even though recycling is something everyone should be doing, many people still throw away their water bottles. Millions use plastic bottles each month, causing transport to waste lands costing great amounts of money for fuel. The wastelands pollute the air, and so does the fuel when used. If our school sells and uses these plastic bottles normally, that demonstrates that we are helping to pollute the environment.

I believe that bottled water should be banned, because of the environmental impact & the health effects they cause. Bottled water is obviously not a healthier or cleaner option to normal tap water. Also, bottled water is despicably expensive when you compare it to the cost per gallon of tap water.

Almost all bottled water sold is tap water, which is put in plastic bottles and sold at huge profits. So pretty much what you’re doing is buying the same water that you could drink at your house for FREE. Also, if a person is choosing between tap water and bottled water, tap water is clearly the more economical and the healthier option.

According to a 2001 report of the World-Wide Fund for Nature, approximately 1.5 million tons of plastic are used in the bottling of 89 billion liters of water each year. Other than the amount of plastic bottles produced each year, the energy essential to produce and transfer these bottles to the market uncontrollably drains limited fossil fuels.

Did you know that each year the making of the plastic water bottles takes sufficient oil and energy to fuel a million cars? Millions of gallons of fuel are wasted daily transporting filtered tap water around the world and across countries. All the energy to make the bottle, even more to ship it around the planet and then we drink it in about two minutes? And do you know what happens when you’re finished with that bottle?

Ninety percent of water bottles end up in landfills where they sit for thousands of years or in incinerators where they’re burned releasing toxic pollution. I don’t see this as being recycling; real recycling would be turning the bottles back into bottles, which happens to only ten percent of the water bottles.

Pretty much what the government is doing, is wasting so much money and energy to pollute our earth. Bottled water companies have made a momentous strain on the environment, due to their tolerant use of precious resources and their manufacturing of billions of plastic bottles.

Around the globe, a billion people don’t have access to clean water. However cities all over the world are spending millions of dollars to deal with all the plastic bottles thrown out. What if we spent that money improving our water systems or even better, developing better water systems in third world countries?

Just remember it could be the beginning of this change, but after cities would be banning water bottles and maybe even countries.