Take Back the Tap – The Big Business of Plastic Bottled Water

Most consumers of plastic bottled water don’t realise they are wasting money on a product that costs thousands of times more than water from their own tap. In the US alone, about 64 percent of bottled water comes from their own municipal water systems.

Worldwide, pumping and producing plastic bottled water has created a deluge of environmental problems, in particular it is contributing to the massive amount of plastic waste entering our oceans. Bottled water companies like Nestlé (with multiple brands) profit greatly through misleading advertising, misusing public water supplies and selling overpriced tap water in environmentally damaging single-use plastic bottles. In fact, the Nestlé company has shifted its advertising tactics to promote the healthfulness of water compared to sugary beverages. In addition, it has targeted consumers in the developing world, thereby exasperating the proliferation of plastic waste in countries where there is little or no recycling or even proper waste management.

Bottled water was once marketed as natural spring water but today it is mostly filtered tap water sourced from public water supplies. To make the problem worse, it is probably less safe drinking water from a plastic bottle than it is from your own kitchen tap. Single-serve bottled water is commonly packaged in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, which contains compounds such as benzene, toluene and xylene. Plastic bottles can in fact leach toxins like acetaldehyde, antimony and formaldehyde into the water in the bottle. (Acetaldehyde is a possible human carcinogen that can cause genetic mutations, and formaldehyde can cause DNA and chromosome damage).

The good news is that most households in Ireland can have a constant supply of pure healthy drinking water from their own tap or faucet and at a substantially lower cost than bottled water, simply by installing a quality home water filtration system. Read more..

March 6, 2018


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