Despite many ongoing efforts to make our environment a better place and to ensure a promising future for all life forms here on earth, people still buy bottled water. Perhaps the most wasteful product anyone could buy, bottled water is another item we do not need. Bottled water companies are wasting resources and exacerbating climate change. Transport is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, and transporting water adds to that. We could help reduce these damaging effects if we all simply drank water straight from the tap. It is crazy how people would rather destroy the earth with their plastic waste, and disrupt the natural water cycle from where the bottled water comes from instead of simply using the water that they basically get for free from their city’s water department.
In the United States, bottled water costs between $0.25 and $2 per bottle while tap water costs less than a penny. According to Bottledwaterblues.com, about 90% of manufacturer’s costs is from making the bottle, label, and cap. Even though it is relatively cheap to buy bottled water, maybe $3.99 for a 24 pack of Ice Mountain, the amount of waste it creates is outstanding. Additionally, if you do choose to recycle your plastic, paper, and metal waste products, then good for you. However, most people simply don’t recycle because they lack the knowledge or awareness, recycling programs in their area, or even because it takes some extra effort to recycle.
Environmentalists are still uncertain about the long term environmental and health effects created by plastic. But until they do make a definite decision that plastic is not good for our health, we should assume that bottled water and other petroleum derived products are indeed bad for us and should be avoided at all costs.
Even though many bottled water companies try to use marketing strategies such as green product attributes or using nature as a backdrop,they are still not a good idea. Although water bottles are convenient and have good tasting water inside, these companies are trying to get the consumer to believe that if they buy a certain product, they are being green and saving the planet, despite how wasteful and unhealthy the product is. Just because a label has trees, farmland, mountains, or water in the background, doesn’t mean it is going to be harmless to the environment.