Bottled Water Impact on the Environment

I haven't bought bottled water since the beginning of this year. First of all, they are expensive. Secondly, I'm trying to do my part to reduce waste and do something to help the environment. Last but not least, it's for my health. The environment factor: I learned that the energy required to manufacture and transport these bottles to market severely drains limited fossil fuels. We are just killing our planet and draining our natural resources. The health factor: I used to reuse my water bottles which I later found out that reusing plastic bottles further compromises the quality of the water, due to the fact that more and more phthalate (synthetic substance that is commonly used to make plastics more flexible) reaches its way into the water as the bottle gets older. I think we're already ingesting too much chemicals from processed food and pesticides, we don't need to put synthetics in our system.

My workplace used to have an Alhambra water cooler. Our water service was cancelled when my company opted to be environmentally conscious. A water filter was installed in our lunchroom's sink. At home, I boil my water to drink which was quite burdensome at first because I always forget to refill my water pitcher but now, it's become second nature for me to remember to boil more water when I see the pitcher half empty.

I was at the bottled water aisle at Safeway the other day and I could not believe all the different brands there are out there now. Companies are becoming more creative in labeling and advertising their waters. Here's what I remember seeing:

* Artesian water

* Evaporated water

* Distilled water

* Spring water

* Mineral water

* Purified water

I was most drawn in by Fiji Natural Artesian water bottle because of it's beautiful tropical label and I got this off their website about their water: "Far from pollution. Far from acid rain. Far from industrial waste. There's no question about it: Fiji is far away. But when it comes to drinking water, "remote" happens to be very, very good. Look at it this way. FIJI Water is drawn from an artesian aquifer, located at the very edge of a primitive rainforest, hundreds of miles away from the nearest continent. That very distance is part of what makes us so much more pure and so much healthier than other bottled waters". I put the bottle back on the shelf as soon as I saw the price...forgot how much it was but I remember it to be much more than the ordinary brand like Arrowhead and Crystal Geyser.

I know bottled water is convenient and for some people, it tastes much better than the tap water but c'mon seriously, water is water. We all need to do our part to reduce wastes. Our landfills have grown into enormouse sizes. Just because we don't see the landfills and I know, out of sight - out of mind kind of thinking, doesn't mean the problem is there. We really need to sacrifice a little bit of our convenience for the sake of our planet.