Tap water and reusable bottles are better for the environment and just as good for you.
Americans buy nearly 30 billion bottles of water every year. Lined up end-to-end, that’s enough to go from the earth to the moon and back. Seven times.
Disappointingly, less than 20% (one out of five bottles) get recycled. That means 65 million bottles go to the dump or landfill every day. Some don’t even make it there and end up as litter, where it will take nature hundreds and hundreds of years to decompose them.
Some people think that bottled water is better for you, but that’s just not the case. Regulations ensure that the water coming out of your tap is safe and healthy. And there is growing concern about the long-term safety of bottled water, as chemicals from the bottle itself may be contaminating the water within it.
And if that’s not enough to make the switch, let’s do some math:
At the grocery store today, bottled water is on sale, $3.99 for 24 16.9 fluid ounce bottles (the regular price is $5.99).
Tap water in the US averages around a penny for 4 gallons. Let’s calculate how many bottles of tap water a penny will buy:
4 gallons x 128 ounces per gallon = 512 ounces
512 ounces ÷ 16.9 ounces per bottle = 30.3 bottles
One penny will buy over 30 bottles of tap water!
Looking at the price comparison another way, the money spent on the $3.99 sale price could buy over 12,000 bottles of tap water, and the $5.99 at the regular price could buy over 18,000 bottles.
Show your parents what they can save by switching to tap water and they’ll be impressed with your thriftiness, your math skills, and your concern for the environment!