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Why you want to avoid bottled water!

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2007 at 11:25 PM
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Why You Want to Avoid Bottled Water


Bottled Water

The true cost of a bottle of Fiji brand bottled water is significantly more than the money required to produce and transport it.

Consider the calculations from the article linked below:


  • A bottle that holds 1 liter of water requires 5 liters of water in its manufacturing process
  • Assuming Fiji must import plastic bottles for their water from China, this uses 2.3g of fossil fuels and 20g of water, and outputs 4.3g of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), per bottle delivered to Fiji from China.
  • The total amount of water used to produce and deliver one bottle of imported water from Fiji to the United States is 6.74kg, and the amount of GHGs released amount to 250g.
Aside from the huge environmental strain, these imported waters are expensive for purchasers. It's estimated that a $1.50 bottle of water costs just $0.22 to produce and deliver, leaving $1.28 per bottle in profits.

TriplePundit.com February 5, 2007


Drinking pure water is easily one of the most important things you can do for your health, particularly when you drink it instead of sugary drinks like soda or juice. But relying on rbottled water  to do this is not the best answer.

Worldwide consumption of bottled water increased by nearly 60 percent to 41 billion gallons in 2004. We are on track toward consuming more than 50 billion gallons this year.

People pay premium prices for exotic bottled water brands like Fiji and Evian in the hopes that it is more pure than water from nearby sources. However, this puts a giant strain on both the environment and your pocketbook.

And bottled water is not an assurance of purity. In fact, up to 40 percent of bottled water is bottled tap water that may or may not have received additional treatment. On top of that, it may also be contaminated with the metal antimony.

So where can you find clean, affordable, environmentally friendly water supplies? Your best bet is to filter your own water at home using a reverse osmosis filter. Avoid drinking unfiltered tap water, as chlorine and fluoride, which are added to most municipal water supplies, are toxic chemicals that shouldn't be consumed in large quantities.

Clearly the most cost-effective and environmentally greenhouse friendly approach is to filter your own water. I have had my team working on a product to recommend for several years and we are actually getting close to finalizing that choice in the next few months and hope to offer you a very practical and inexpensive solution.


Rene'  S.

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by on Jul. 25, 2007 at 11:25 PM
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organicgal
by Member on Jul. 25, 2007 at 11:53 PM
i just read today in the Body and Soul magazine a snipet about the toxins of plastic leaching into our food/water and is being linked to obesity. didn't get to read the whole article. i was at the chiropractor and it was my turn.
janaelex
by on Jul. 26, 2007 at 10:49 AM
i hope that i dont sound rude because i dont mean to be..i am sometimes sarcastic and that doesnt come across well online...but...good luck with that.  everyone and their mothers carry around a bottle of water everywhere they go. 

i cant afford a good filter for my tap and my tap water is terrible!!  i have to rely on bottled water for my family.  i wish i could get a good enough filter but that isnt happening anytime too soon. 

i found your information very interesting though.  funny how things like this are hidden from the general public though.  i find it amazing that people spend a lot for a name brand bottle of water over the non name brand right next to it that is much cheaper.  that always boggled me.  you just dont know where the water is coming from so paying a lot extra because it is from figi is ridiculous.  we all know for a fact that companies lie and they lie a lot.  so believing that your bottle of water came from some serene, wonderful, clean place is not always the truth. 

thanks for posting this.  it was an interesting read.  scary what this world is coming to!!
EKMOM
by Group Owner on Jul. 26, 2007 at 12:27 PM
Have you looked at PUR water filters, the 3 stage is pretty good, it will give you way better water from your tap than bottled water and its like $30-35 for the initial set up and then $18 for a new filter thats 100 gallons of water, you can get a 6 pack at Costco for $45. That has been what I am using, then I remineralize it and bring its alkalinity up with coral calcium sachets. Tap water has so many things in it that you do not want to know about, its parts per million is high sometimes and it is not alkaline. Anyone who thinks their tap is alkaline should get some test strips and test it to see where it is at. You were not sarcastic, I did not think so anyway, maybe because I am guilty of that too. No affect here.Just thought I would let you know that. Take care.

Rene'  S.

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janaelex
by on Jul. 26, 2007 at 12:32 PM

Quoting EKMOM:

Have you looked at PUR water filters, the 3 stage is pretty good, it will give you way better water from your tap than bottled water and its like $30-35 for the initial set up and then $18 for a new filter thats 100 gallons of water, you can get a 6 pack at Costco for $45. That has been what I am using, then I remineralize it and bring its alkalinity up with coral calcium sachets. Tap water has so many things in it that you do not want to know about, its parts per million is high sometimes and it is not alkaline. Anyone who thinks their tap is alkaline should get some test strips and test it to see where it is at. You were not sarcastic, I did not think so anyway, maybe because I am guilty of that too. No affect here.Just thought I would let you know that. Take care.

Rene'  S.

Come visit my group! Learn how to keep your kids healthy. http://www.cafemom.com/group/healthykids 

i am glad that i didnt come across nasty or defending or any kind.  i wasnt being that way but many of these online fights are started because someone misconstrues what someone was trying to say.  so i am glad that you didnt think that i was being rude.  just being a little sarcastic..as usual..lol.

i will have to look into that filter system.  how do you remineralize then after filtering?  i am interested how i can eliminate my need for bottled water.

thanks for any info you can give me and already have given me.

organicgal
by Member on Jul. 26, 2007 at 1:46 PM
San Fransico has made it illegal for stores to give you plastic bags and they are working on making a ban on water bottles too. I am assuming only the small single serve type.

to elliminate the use of plastic bottles try this:

www.kleankanteen.com

plastic free personal use water bottles. totally eco-friendly.
weazelchef
by Member on Jul. 26, 2007 at 2:31 PM

I've also read about the sodium amounts in bottled water. I read that a guy who you used to be a bigtime athlete drank so much it killed him.

We have the 3 stage pur water filter too.

"Just as a woman's heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth."

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EKMOM
by Group Owner on Jul. 26, 2007 at 2:32 PM

I use the coral calcium sachets to help remineralize and bring up PH. You can check them out at www.itvventures.com/goodinbadout It costs me about $12 a month for this.

Rene'  S.

Come visit my group! Learn how to keep your kids healthy. http://www.cafemom.com/group/healthykids 

MoodyMama
by on Jul. 26, 2007 at 3:48 PM
I started out with the PUR system that attached to your kitchen sink faucet.  We have since upgraded to the GE Smartwater, which installs under the the sink and has it's own faucet.  You can check it out and others at your local Home Depot Stores.  We have no complaints with this water filtration system.  Next upgrade will be a whole house system(gonna be awhile - have you all checked prices for this?).

MoodyMama
minneapolismama
by Member on Jul. 26, 2007 at 3:52 PM
we too use bottled water.. we live in an apartment and the water here isnt the best... our faucet is weird too, they just switched to a super low flow.. i dont want to buy a special water purifier since we'll only be here 5 more months.
MoodyMama
by on Jul. 26, 2007 at 3:57 PM

I have a friend who uses the filetered water pitchers.  Just a thought.

MoodyMama

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