Research shows that bottled water sales are declining as more and more people are beginning to understand the misrepresentations of the industry, and the damaging effects it has on people, the community, and the environment.

Bottled water companies are pushing a product that makes major profits from a natural resource that is in no way different from tap water; comes in a petro-chemical container (plastic); and produces vast amounts of waste. In addition, it is significantly more expensive than petrol, or tap water.

Decrease your impact on the environment by bottling your own water. Much of the time, the water purchased from large corporations is the same that we can find from our tap. Consumers believe that because it is bottled and packaged by major companies, that it must be cleaner and safer to drink. This is not always the case.

First of all, the multinational bottle companies such as Coca-Cola and Schweppes are stealing our aquifer water and selling it back to us in plastic containers.

Secondly, tap water has been given a bad rep. The water you get from your sink actually is some of the cleanest water available. With stringent regulations (that are not required for bottled h2o, the water goes through a reverse osmosis cleaning process; offering incredibly clean drinking water.

In other cases, when water is extracted from the spring, it then needs to be trucked to a bottling plant to be filtered and purified. There, the water is packaged in plastic; the bulk of which is imported from Asia. Next, the bottles are packed for shipment to warehouses and finally end up in shops where they are refrigerated.

This process creates a shattering impact on our earth with an immense carbon footprint. That’s not to mention what happens to the bottles afterwards. A little over 1/3 of these bottles are recycled, and the rest end up in landfills or as litter, affecting animals and the ecosystem. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization estimates that up to 50% of marine plastic pollution comes from beverage containers.

Making a difference here is incredibly simple and easy, and offers a colossal impact. Bottle your own water with your reusable canteen. Help yourself and the planet.

Back to Part I “History of Water Bottles”: http://www.thenimbusproject.com/?p=1661

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