Bottled water is a killer on the environment, and while it may a be conveniently portable solution to your on-the-go thirst problem, not much sense can be made of buying it by the case.
First of all, there are much more stringent regulations when it comes to the water that comes out of your tap to begin with. That’s right, the water you get from your bathroom faucet is probably safer for you to drink than your favorite bottle of H20. The levels of contaminants found in the bottled variety of water are far higher, and the contaminant breakdown by brand completed by the NRDC can be seen here.
People consumed more than 30 billion plastic bottles of water in 2006 alone, many of which ended up in a landfill instead of a recycling bin. In fact, only 20 percent of the bottles used by Americans were later recycled into something else.
Moreover, the energy required to produce these bottles of water required the equivalent of 17 million barrels of oil, produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide and used over three times the amount of water that was actually in the bottle.
Also, the next time you cringe as you fill up your gas tank, consider that bottled water often costs as much, if not more, per gallon. Tap water, on the other hand, in addition to being a safer alternative, costs only around .002 cents per gallon.
So, instead of carrying around a bottle of Dasani or Aquafina (which are really just filled with tap water anyway), buy a reusable water bottle to carry with you on your journey.