Plastic water bottles have been marketed as great ways to get away from the potential contaminants that are funneled through our tap water. However, many of North America’s most popular bottled water companies are using municipal water supplies and are simply putting this into plastic bottles. This means the water you paid a premium for is far from premium and is significantly more costly than the same tap water in your home. Research shows that the recommended eight glasses a day equals about $49 a year out of the tap and about $1,400 from plastic water bottles.
As we will see below, the oil that is used to create the plastic bottles has something to do with these high costs.
One example of excessive oil usage is water that comes from Fiji. In order for this water to reach Toronto it must first travel over 12,000 km. Compare this to municipal water that rarely travels over 20 km. These transportation expenses greatly contribute to the costs of the water as well as the environmental effects it has during the course of its shipment.
According to data from National Geographic, it takes about 24 million gallons of oil to produce one billion plastic bottles. This is roughly the equivalent of filling one quarter of a plastic water bottle up with oil in order to equal the amount needed to produce that bottle.
The average person uses about 167 disposable water bottles each year but only recycles 38 of them. This means that of the 50 billion or so plastic water bottles that were used last year, only about 23 percent of them were recycled. This equates to 38 million water bottles – or $1 billion in plastic – that is wasted each year. In Toronto specifically, we consume around 100 million plastic bottles a year and only recycle about 65 percent of them. The rest of the plastic bottles generally end up in landfills or as pollution in forests, rivers and oceans.
Many plastic water bottles use a thermoplastic polymer resin called PET, or polyethylene terephthalate. While PET can be recycled, the facts above reveal that this is not always the case. When PET is not recycled it ends up in landfills and does not biologically degrade, it just breaks down to smaller and smaller resins. While the research is mixed, one German study out of Goethe University found that PET water bottles leach compounds that mimic the hormone estrogen and question their reputation as safe.
Tap water has its fair share of critics but at least you aren’t paying for something and expecting something else as is the case with bottled water. However, filtering water can help clean up your tap water and remove harmful contaminants such as chlorine, lead, pesticides and herbicides.
With Filter Butler you have your choice of a Whole House Water Filter which filters water as it reaches your property line from municipal pipes, or an Under Sink Water Filter which filters the water at your kitchen sink.
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