Tap Over Bottle

On a warm summer day out in the park it isn’t odd to catch a handful of people supping at a bottle of branded water. Nowadays these handy little bottles are ever-present in places where health, fitness and even leisure are the focus. Many people have come to believe that bottled water is superior to the stuff we get free from the tap and are happy to pay a significant amount more for this piece of mind. However since bottled water is a product, much like the soft drinks, you would be wise to question the integrity of the companies that sell this to the public. Conversely however there are obvious cases where tap water is clearly no good, from impoverished countries to Flint Michigan, further confusing the debate. So which one is really better for you and why?

Tap Over Bottle

Packaging

One of the biggest differences between the bottle and the tap is how it is packaged, since you may not see tap water as being packaged at all. The convenience of pick up and go bottles are a huge part of why people buy bottled water, as modern lifestyles leave little time for extra tasks or mobile refrigeration. This is also one of the biggest flaws in bottled water. Immediately you have plastic, which is neither great to drink from nor clean to dispose of, it’s also made from oil which is a resource that is politically charged, in short supply and damaging to extract. This clear ubiquitous material is now causing endless problems in our environment from land to sea and making more of it for water that can be acquired elsewhere is bad news for the planet.

Health

Many people are convinced that bottled water is cleaner and less contaminated than tap water, but this claim simply isn’t backed up. In order to pump water into the homes of millions, water companies must go through rigorous tests to make sure they aren’t harming the population. On the contrary bottled water companies are checked 30 times less often for contaminants and are not required to state their source of water, which means sometimes you are actually getting tap water anyway. Add the plastic packaging to the mix and the chemicals that can work their way into your water make bottled even more harmful, multiplying this with each re-use. Depending on your country however, the stuff from the tap can vary (hence Flint), though UK customers (and many EU states) can rest assured they are being taken care of, its worth looking up your water online to see how it stands if you are American. In the long run, bottled water isn’t good for the planet as a whole, big companies are known for draining local water supplies in areas where others struggle to access clean water (See Fiji and Nestle). Adding to the mountains of plastic already crushing nature at a terrifying rate and we have fashioned a monster from the very element our planet is abundant with. To make sure you aren’t contributing to this, and to keep your health at optimum, drink tap water over bottled and if you want to be extra safe get yourself a reusable filter bottle, or even just a glass one.

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