I haven’t bought bottled water for my family for over two years now. At up to nearly $2.00 per bottle, the average American spends over $100 per year/per person on bottled water. The bottled water industry sees a global sales revenue of $60 billion.
Around 25% of bottled water is sourced from municipal tap water. The markup on bottled water is huge. For a thrifty person, bottled water is a huge waste of money. There are no health benefits in bottled water. Certain plastics in the bottle packaging can leech into the water itself, and there are less regulations on contaminants in bottled water, so it’s not necessarily safer to drink than tap water.
I switched to refillable stainless steel water bottles, and then to refillable glass water bottles. Turns out, pre-packaged plastic bottles are not a “necessity” at all. We fill up bottles for the kids every time we leave the house, and refill them at stores water fountains while we’re out and about. I do not purchase soda or other drinks on-the-go.
Eliminating bottled water from my family has helped us save money, live healthier, and support global sustainability – for little to no effort at all.
We use a Brita Water Filter Pitcher system in our home to filter our own tap water. It tastes great!
I use a Zulu Element Glass Water Bottle right now, but have a Lifefactory 12-Ounce Glass Bottle with a Straw Cap on my wishlist.
My kids use plastic bottles. Even though they use real glass glasses at home, I don’t trust them with glass on-the-go. We love the Thermos 22 Ounce Tritan Hydration Bottle and CamelBak Kid’s Eddy Water Bottle. I run all of our reusable water bottles through the dishwasher, creating no extra work for me.
How about you? Do you still find yourself toting around bottled water, or have you made the switch to the more environmentally-friendly reusable way?
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