This blog probably grabbed your attention because you’re buying bottled water. And first of all, let me congratulate you and give a big round of applause because of how awesome you are for drinking water! Well done and this is a great achievement.
Nevertheless, there are a few facts that I would like you to be aware of about different types of water but especially the bottled water, because remember – you’re drinking it!
Keep reading further or listen to my video – there will be some valuable information and I hope you’re going to enjoy it!
First of all, so many people are buying bottled water these days simply for one (or a few) of these reasons:
- People don’t like tap water. Sometimes they don’t like the taste of tap water when others know that the tap water is a chemical cocktail these days and they just want to stay away from it.
- Others genuinely believe that bottled water is of the much better quality because they pay money for that.
- Convenience. People like the convenience of popping into the shop and just grabbing a bottle of water or parents grabbing bulks of small bottled waters for their kids to pack to their lunch bags.
The issue is that the bottled industry is, as I call it, a scam of the 21st century. As mentioned earlier, so many people genuinely believe that they get much better quality water by buying it simply because they pay money for that. And that’s where marketing plays a huge part. Unfortunately, there are 5 true facts about bottled water that are very important and I want you to be aware of it. At the end of the day, knowledge is power! And when you have that knowledge, then you can make a choice, then you can decide what actions you’re going to take and if there are any changes you’d like to make.
5 TRUE FACTS ABOUT THE BOTTLED WATER
#1 Bottled water is very little regulated
As mentioned earlier, people do believe that because they pay money for the bottled water, they get a much better quality. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The bottled water industry is very little regulated and often enough it can simply be your own or someone else’s tap water in the plastic bottle that you pay money for. We don’t really know or can check what’s in that water that you buy. And most of the time the cheaper the water, the poorer the quality.
#2 Marketing tricks
Marketing has created an image that we get the best quality, fresh water in that plastic bottle. Some time ago there was an ad on TV about a man standing by the mountain and catching water into the plastic bottle floating down from the glaciers. The ad created an image of this pure and top quality fresh water. But this is not the case as already mentioned in #1.
#3 The expiry date
Please don’t be fooled that the water in the plastic bottle is fresh. If you check the expiry date on the bottle it is usually good for 2-3 years. Not sure of your thoughts, but that doesn’t sound right, right? So the water has been stored in the plastic bottle for 2-3 years, stored in the heat – in the cold, in different warehouses, travelling in the trucks, vans, stored in the shops and so on until it reaches you – the consumer.
Let’s think back to the real-life example. If you pour the water from the tap or the well into the bottle and leave it sitting on the shelf somewhere for even 6 months, I’m not talking about 2-3 years, would you drink it? I honestly don’t think so… ‘Why’, you may ask? Because it will be green and smelly and really not appetizing at all. So how come the water in the shop can be sitting in the bottle for 2-3 years and still look and feel fresh? Because there is something extra added to the water to keep it fresh and pure looking…
#4 Plastic issue
Plastic is a such a topic that I could be talking for days and days about it…
Plastic has an environmental issue as well as a health issue for our body.
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. I only recently found out after doing the research and preparing for this blog, that it takes 500 – 1000 years for the plastic to degrade. The numbers are huge and shocking. Also, another fact is that one million seabirds and 100000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans… SHOCKING! I don’t know if these numbers scare you but they sure do scare me… Even if you’re not huge environment advocate I hope this information will get you thinking and if you can make a small change I would invite you to do so and start with the small change from you.
HEALTH ISSUES. All plastic pollution is not only a problem for the earth, it’s bad for your health too. According to some research ‘Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body—93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (bisphenol A – a plastic chemical). Some of these compounds found in plastic have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects’. Hence, plastic bottles have a chemical called Bisphenol A, known as BPA, which has toxic effects and these research now are very well documented in medical literature. And the findings are not appetising. The science shows this hormone-disrupting chemical causes widespread damage throughout our bodies. ‘It’s an endocrine disruptor and in numerous animal studies it’s been linked to cancer, infertility, obesity and early puberty, has a brain and behavioural impacts’, says Anila Jacob, M.D., M.P.H, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group. BPA also plays a role in breast cancer. The findings have shown that BPA is a synthetic form of estrogen, and doctors know and have confirmed that estrogen feeds breast cancer.
So no wonder that San Francisco has actually banned plastic bottled water since 2014. Slowly but surely this information reaches Europe as well and is spreading.
#5 Huge Expense
It’s actually ridiculous (economically and environmentally) to constantly buy bottled water only to throw the bottle away each time. And even if you end up reusing those bottles, they could still potentially be harmful due to the leaching of chemicals into the water. Also, people usually don’t count the small spend here and there. Buying bottled water on the daily basis is very expensive. Small comparison – a half litre of bottled water is almost double the price than the petrol! I bet you didn’t think you’ll hear that! Obviously, if you buy in bulks you get a better deal, but grabbing a 0.5L bottle water in the shop or petrol station in average cost now €1.20, but 1L of diesel is €1.25
0.5L bottled water €1.20 VS 1L diesel €1.25…
Enough said… so we just calculated that on average a family of 4 buying bottled water to drink the minimum amount only (2L for an adult and 1L for a child), the family would spend €12 a week, that is €60 a month, which is €720 a year and… €7 200 in 10 years… If you are not spending around that, more likely you’re not drinking bare minimum…
Spending €720 a year for only drinking water is a lot but moreover, this is not even the best water you can get. As explained earlier it has chemicals harming your body, has a lot of health issues. Obviously, this is so much better than consuming any soft drinks, juice or tens of cups of coffee, but there is another way, a small change you can make, take that other step and drink even better water.
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Be healthy with the balance…
Lots of love,