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Bottled Water, The Great American Scam!
Bottled Water, The Great American Scam!
You see them everywhere. People walking around with bottled water. Their smug self contented looks that they are doing something healthy. It drives me nuts! Don't these people have a clue ?
Lets look at prices first.
At my local convenience store a cold 20 ounce bottle of water costs 99 cents.
When you do the math, you consider that 1 gallon equals 128 ounces. so it takes slightly more then 6 bottles to make a gallon. That means this water is costing me more then $6 a gallon. The overly high price of gas which here is at $3 a gallon suddenly seems cheap by comparison.
Consider this as well. 3/4 of this planets surface is covered by water. The process of desalinating ocean water and turning it into pure H 2 O is not nearly as difficult as pumping oil. Refining it into gasoline and transporting it across the globe to your car.
In comparison . A gallon of milk costs around $3.50 . A 1/2 Gallon (2 Liter) of Coke or Pepsi costs around $1 to $1.50. A 44 ounce fountain drink costs $1.
But it tastes so much better and is much purer then tap water, right ? WRONG!
In most blind taste tests comparing municipal tap water and bottled water, tap water comes out with a slight lead.
If you're worried about the contaminants in your local tap water. Get a filter installed.
Tap water is also a lot more regulated in regards to purity then bottled water. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) forces tap water checks several times a day in every city in the USA.
The FDA ( Food and Drug Administration) demands checks on bottled water about once a week. Less then that if it's being sold in the same state it was bottled in.
As for what kind of water goes into those bottles, most companies just use a standard filtration process on tap water.
It stands to reason that once you purify water (make it pure H 2 O ) it doesn't matter where you got it from. The ocean, the ground, collected rain water, a mountain stream, icebergs flown in from the artic, or urine ran through a solar still. It's the same water.
Any of those minerals or flavors added to water to make it last on the shelf longer, or have a better taste can be considered impurities.
Most companies add a trace amount of salt to the water for improved taste. Go read your label !
Let's talk about the bottles. Have you considered how many of those bottles get thrown in the trash ? According to one study done in 2001, over 1.5 million tons of plastic ( somewhere around 90 Billion) bottles were manufactured and consumed in the US (not counting the weight of the water). How many of those bottles do you think got recycled ? 1 Percent at most ? Less then that! How many water bottles did YOU recycle ?
Also the plastics used in bottled water can leach out some of their chemical components as the water sits in warehouses, on shelves. Also the warmer the water was when being stored, the faster the leeching process can occur. How about a little phthalate in your water ? What is that you might ask ? It’s the chemical bottling companies use in their bottles to make the plastic more flexible. Ever drink warm bottled water that had a rather bitter taste ? That was the phthalate leachate. Yummy!
But don’t take my word for this. It’s a very well documented and discussed issue.
Open up another browser, go to Google, or another search engine and type in “truth about bottled water” and start reading. Next time you reach for that bottle of water, how about some nice apple juice instead ?
"We are all worms, but i like to think of myself as a glow-worm" - Winston Churchill
10/2/2006 8:33 am
I told you about bartlesville water. yuck-o! and dangerous. but did you know that evian backwards spells naive! lol|
8/7/2006 12:05 am
Don't forget fluoride, a common component of tap water in the US. Studies have shown its effectiveness in the strengthening of teeth and prevention of dental problems. |
I have read that the states who offer the least amount of fluoride in their water have high occurence of tooth decay and other dental problems.
Sure, it could be propaganda, but isn't everything?
Alas, I am still guilty of buying bottled water occasionally...