The understanding of the importance of water is something that is universally acknowledged.
- Water composes approximately 72.8% of our body weight
- Water supports our body’s digestion
- Water helps our organs function
- Water maintains clear and hydrated skin,
- Water assists in eliminating toxins and emancipates nutrients
Despite all of these facts the vitality of clean and rich water in day to day life is so easily overlooked by those with easy access. However, while an estimated 4000 children are killed each year by contaminated water and some 1.8 billion people have restrictedaccess to clean drinking water, we in our westernized societies lack the enthusiasm and energy to understand the significance of aseptic water.
Since 1997 when the bottled water markets began to rapidly increase in size, there has been an ongoing myth that bottled water is the cleaner, safer and more beneficial way of drinking water. Unfortunately, this myth is believed by millions worldwide. In 2011, there was an estimated 9.1 billion bottled waters sold in the U.S. This not only has a negative effect on the environment, but it can also impact our health.
NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF BOTTLED WATER
Every time a plastic drinking bottled is sold, a significant proportion of the world’s limited supply of oil is used, as manufacturers use petroleum to make and transport these plastic products. The production of bottled water requires approximately 47 million gallons of oil per year and produces 1.5 million tons of waste. Both tap and bottled water have abundant organic and inorganic contaminants in them and up to 40% of all bottled water is reprocessed tap water. Because the water is stored in a plastic bottle rather than a glass bottle per se we are being exposed to dangerous chemicals such as BPA (Birsphenol A). BPA is an estrogen-mimicking chemical that assists in prompting numerous health problems including:
- Early puberty in girls and fertility problems
- Prostate and Breast Cancer
- Diabetes and Obesity
- Learning and behavioral problems
- Altered immune system function
A CLEANER OPTION
While it is easy to simply turn a blind eye towards the negatives substances dwelling within tap and bottled water, there is a convenient and simple solution to the problem of unhygienic water. Chlorine in various forms is a water disinfectant most commonly used worldwide, Rapid and slow filters are a more cost effective and natural way of cleansing our drinking water. Water filters are convenient and easy to use; Tap water filters such as a faucet or countertop filter, can be set up within minutes. Water filters provide clean and mineral-rich water while enabling control and understanding of your water quality in comparison to bottled water which are commonly purified by reverse osmosis or distillation. While the cost of a water filter would round up to about $55 yearly, the average amount spent on bottled water is $1669 a year. If the elimination of bottled water was to occur, it would reduce the laziness of our society in our effort to understand and care about the water we drink and increase an awareness of the vitality and benefits of clean water.
Jessica Josh is a blogger and freelance author. Since ‘07 she has been creating great content on home and garden, going green, sustainable living and articles about Waranu Water.