Another Inconvenient Truth: Bottled Water - its killing the world
Drinking from plastic bottled water is not only damaging to yourself, to the enviornment, but you are also contributing to less water in the world.
Recently in Australia, it was bought to our attention how valuable water is. Though, due to recent rain periods it seems we have forgotten. Though, to us, that was just a glimpse of what potentially could really happen. We could potentially have no water.
To us, that was just a fraction of the taste of a baron land. Though look at countries where children have no water and are forced to drink from dried wells. We are all guilty of pleading ignorance, so I am sure some of you will think you know. Perhaps you should be placed in that situation for you to fully understand.
The facts on bottled water is astounding.
Bottled water costs more than $1.50, that is 1,900 times the price of tap water! This affects you how - we will see.
In the year 2004, bottled water usage was marked as 26,000,000,000 (liters). That is big, too big for you to grasp. Well that equates to 28,000,000,000 plastic bottles in a year, of which nearly 86% ends up in the garbage. To put it to you in another way - that is 1,500 water bottles end up as garbage every second.
You sick of paying too much money to fill up your car?
Pacific Institute’s estimates for the energy used for pumping and processing, transportation, and refrigeration, brings the annual fossil fuel footprint of bottled water consumption in the United States to over 50 million barrels of oil equivalent—enough to run 3 million cars for one year. If everyone drank as much bottled water as Americans do, the world would need the equivalent of more than 1 billion barrels of oil to produce close to 650 billion individual bottles.
You think that is scary - 26,000,000,000 liters also produces 2,500,000 tons of carbon dioxide. That means, by you simply putting down that plastic water bottle, or not buying a plastic bottle - you are reducing your carbon foot print dramatically.
Do not think for a second that we own this beautiful place. We are here to protect our Planet, and look at what we are doing - we are producing garbage!
None the less - you probably more concerned about your wallet huh; well humans spend 100,000,000,000 (one hundred billion dollars) every year on bottled water - what was the federal bailout package again?
Bottle Water and your health.
Some bottled water have a great amount of fluoride exceeding what's recommended for children thus causing teeth mottling. Some bottled water have more than 10 mg/liter of sodium which is detrimental to people with heart and kidney problems and those who are hypertensive. There's no manufacturing date on the bottled water so you have no idea how long the water has been in the bottle. With that, it has been said that leeching of the plastic bottle components into the water happens more with time. Some bottles still contain bacteria because they don't normally undergo decontamination.
The plastic, ones heated be that the sun in your car, and by the means of transportation in getting to the supermarket - has a chemical reaction to the body that causes cancer.
A report released by the Environmental Working Group this week provides yet another reason not to drink bottled water: disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue and pain medication. All these chemicals and more were found in multiple brands of bottled water EWG tested.
EWG announced it filed a suit to require Walmart post a warning sign on its bottles that the water contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, an act required under California law
Other brands tested contained chemicals including fertilizer byproducts, chemical remnants of prescription meds, industrial chemicals, bacteria, arsenic, and even boron. The study also included assays for breast cancer cell proliferation, conducted at the University of Missouri. One bottled water brand spurred a 78% increase in the growth of the breast cancer cells compared to the control sample.
Research shows that for a fraction of the amount, everyone on the Planet could have safe drinking water and proper sanitation.
Please be mindful of your actions, they have consequences.