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Why you need to ditch bottled water

May 19, 2012 by  
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Harmful chemicals in plastics

The use of BPA in plastic has been a hot topic in the news recently.  BPA stands for bisphenol A.  It is a chemical that can leak into food and drinks through the use of food container coatings and plastics.  The Breast Cancer Fund has been working to help ban BPA from consumer food and drink containers nationwide.  Their mission is to, “…expose and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer.”  BPA is present in many household products, the lining of soup cans, and many plastic containers.  According to their science, “(BPA) has been associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, miscarriages, breast and prostate cancer, reproductive dysfunction, metabolic dysfunction and diabetes, and neurological and behavioral disorders.” Because BPA is an unstable polymer and is also lipophilic (fat-seeking), it can leach into canned foods (Noonan, 2011).

Bottled water bans

The anti-BPA trend has been picking up momentum, and has found a strong ally in college campuses that have begun banning the sale of bottled water on their grounds.  At current count, more than 90 colleges have been cutting back on the sales of bottled water.  The new trend for portable drinks includes stainless steel water bottles and water stations that offer free, filtered water for refills around campuses.  Even without the banning of BPA, consumers are finding ways to keep carcinogenic compounds at bay.  Other reasons for the ban include the environmental concerns of the incredible waste of millions of plastic bottles every year.

Bottled water sales effected

These trends have begun to affect the sales of bottled water.  The Washington Post reports, “sales of bottled water have fallen for the first time in at least five years, assailed by wrathful environmentalists and budget-conscious consumers, who have discovered that tap water is practically free. Even Nestle, the country’s largest seller of bottled water, is beginning to feel a bit parched. …. [I]t reported that profits for the first half of the year dropped 2.7 percent, its first decline in six years.”

Wasted natural resources

Food and Water Watch chimes in with the natural resources required for all this bottled water Americans consume.  It takes, “17.6 million barrels of oil per year (enough fuel for more than one million cars for a year).”  With rising oil costs and dwindling natural resources it doesn’t make sense to use all this oil to make a container for a drink of water which is thrown in the trash after one use.

Besides reducing landfill waste, better sustainability practices, and your health, what other reason do you need?  The time is now to ditch bottled water.



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