Another “story” from Annie Leonard. If you haven’t switched back to the tap, this story may inspire you. While, I believe that most tap water is safer than bottled water (due to lack of regulation in the bottled water industry), we still use a water filter to filter out a little bit more of the undesirables (mercury, lead, prescription medicines, fluoride, etc.).
It’s funny, when I was in high school I can’t remember ever being really thirsty while out and about. I didn’t have a reusable bottle and I certainly didn’t buy Evian or Perrier (which were available at the time). My girlfreind and I taught aerobics – okay, okay – jazzercize, while in high school and college and I was still never dehydrated. I guess we got used to drinking a big glass of water from the tap before we left the house and then another when we arrived at our destination.
I am certainly glad that I have a reusable bottle now and I do drink more often, but I didn’t need it when I was younger – and I certainly don’t need to stop at 7-11 to pay for tap water in an Aquafina plastic bottle!
Some people talk about how making green changes can cost more money, but kicking the bottled water habit may be the simplest green thing you can do – and this one saves you money! So, go ahead and get a stainless steel reusable water bottle and a good KDF, carbon or reverse osmosis filter (depending on your needs) and take back the tap!