Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bottled Water.... Why You Should Think Twice Before Drinking It!

Think bottled water is a good idea? Think again! If you read this blog post and all the information on it (and watch all the videos) you will clearly see why bottled water is a bad, bad idea. It's bad for the environment, and it's bad for YOU. Bottled water is highly acidic, unregulated, and often contains a lot of toxins!  If you don't believe me, take a look at the rest of this webpage. This video below will show you how acidic (oxidizing) bottled water really is.

Check out THIS bottled water report by the NRDC. It is a real eye opener. (10-18-17  NOTE!! For whatever reason, the NRDC has removed that report from their website, but luckily I saved a copy of it. If you want to see the data, just contact me through my blog.)

You will see, for example, that one gallon of Lady Lee "drinking water" has 91 parts per billion of Total Trihalomethanes. This amount is FOUR TIMES HIGHER than the amount that's shown to cause death from bladder cancer, in a Taiwanese study (many other countries have reported similar findings).

 Then check out EWG's Bottled Water Scorecard... another eye opener. Most bottled water companies rate an "F" when it comes to transparency. The truth is, many of them they don't really WANT you to know that much about their water! They often don't have any information showing how you can see a water quality report (to see what's in their water)

A plastic bottle just isn't a good container to store water in, period. Any type of plastic, including BPA-Free plastic, can change estrogen levels and leach toxic chemicals into the water.  I once worked with a woman who was recovering from cancer. We ordered lunch and she said she could not eat anything that was out of a styrofoam container because her doctor had her on a cancer-prevention protocol, which meant she had to get rid of plastic in every form. She couldn't use plastic plates, silverware, or bottles.  Even Dr. Mercola recommends getting rid of plastic if you are trying to recover from cancer.

Also keep in mind that bottled water is often just filtered tap water, put in a bottle. Dr. Mercola notes on this page how an independent test performed by the Environmental Working Group in 2009 revealed 38 low-level contaminants in bottled water, with each of the 10 tested brands containing an average of eight chemicals, including disinfection byproducts, caffeine, tylenol, nitrate, industrial chemicals, arsenic and bacteria.  

Furthermore, many bottled water companies do not disclose where the water comes from. You can see a list of hundreds of bottled water companies, most of which had a D or F rating from the Environmental Working Group, for failing to disclose their sources and treatment methods. 

From Dr. Mercola's site:

Ditched Water Bottles Are Destroying the Environment
Bottled water is perhaps one of the most environmentally unfriendly industries there is. Americans consume about half a billion bottles of water every week! The environmental ramifications of this practice are enormous.  

This info is originally from this page:

  • Every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic.
  • A plastic bottle can take hundreds of years to break down – and even then, its particles don’t just disappear.
  • Over time, plastic breaks down into smaller pieces that can contaminate our soil, animals, and waterways.
  • Animals often mistake these plastic pieces for food. Once the plastic gets into their systems, these pieces can poison the animal and often lead to its death.
  • 26 billion water bottles are thrown away each year.
  • Only 1/5 of these are recycled.
Plastic is the world’s greatest source of pollution and water bottles make up the largest portion of the plastic in landfills today. As you may know, plastic does not degrade quickly, and may be harming our soil and animals. Plastic particles have even been linked to human health issues, as when we eat fish, for example, we often consume everything the fish has been exposed to – including chemicals leached from plastics. Even though the world has steadily gained more knowledge about recycling, today, most bottles still end up in landfills.Many times, bottled water companies promote their products by telling consumers that bottled water is “purer” and “safer” than tap water. However the regulations surrounding the distribution of tap water are much stricter than the regulations on bottled water companies. Additionally, multiple independent research groups have found that many bottled waters originally came from the tap, and many other brands contain higher levels of contaminants than are permitted at municipal levels.Americans consume enough bottled water to circle the equator, with bottles stacked from end to end. This happens every 27 days. 26 billion bottles are thrown away every year (only 20 percent of which are recycled). It can take 200 or more years for a bottle to break down in a landfill. 

Bottled Water & Waste

Together, these reasons already provide good incentives to reduce your use of bottled water. But read on – there’s more.

Bottled Water & Pollution

  • To make 1 bottle of water, 3 times that amount of water is wasted in production.
  • 17 million barrels of oil per year are used in production of bottled water. For reference, this amount of oil could fuel 1 million cars for a year.
  • Water bottles not only need to be produced, but also shipped around the world. Transporting these bottles by means of train, truck, ship, and plane additionally add to air pollution.
Producing bottled water is undeniably detrimental to the environment. Not only do the factories that produce these plastic bottles emit tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, but once the bottles are filled, transporting them releases even more carbon dioxide into the air.

Bottled Water & Cleanliness

  • Municipal water plants have stricter regulations on the quality of the water than bottled water companies.
  • The Natural Resource Defense Counsel did a 4-year review on bottled water and found that: 22% of the tested brands contained chemical contaminants at levels above those mandated by the stateand 40%of the tested brands were taken originally from tap water.
The True Cost of Bottled Water
  • On average, bottled water costs about $10 per gallon.
  • Tap water costs less than $0.01 per gallon.
  • Do the math: Bottled water is, on average, 1,000 times more expensive than tap water!
As you can see, bottled water is way more expensive than tap water, and switching from bottled water to tap will save you money. Even if you don’t care about the environmental effects, it’s hard to ignore the potential cost savings here.

What You Can Do to Help

Now that you know about the known and potential hazards of bottled water, you’re probably wondering what you can do to protect our environment and reap the cost savings. Here are a few simple tasks to help you save money, reduce your carbon footprint, reduce waste in our oceans and soil, and help prevent animals from ingesting harmful plastics:
  • If you are concerned about the cleanliness of your tap water, buy a filter for your sink or buy a pitcher that filters the water for you.
  • Instead of using disposable water bottles, buy a reusable water bottle. There are many types out there such as stainless steel, aluminum, BPA-free plastic, and glass. Find one that best fits your needs.
  • If and when you do have to use disposable water bottles, make sure to recycle them.
  • Finally, share this new knowledge with others around you and encourage them to make these simple changes with you. After all, it’s easier to make a change when your friends are supporting you!
Want to see How Bottled Water REALLY rates? CLICK HERE to see the Environmental Working Goup's Bottled Water Scorecard.

From this page:

A report by Food And Water Watch says 

that almost half of all bottled water is derived

 from tap water

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47.8% (in 2009), to be exact.
Heavy hitters like Pepsi's Aquafina (in 2001, 13 percent of the market) and Nestle Pure Life were forced to change their labels a few years ago to accurately describe where their water came from: public water sources.

Read more:

15 Outrageous Facts About The Bottled Water Industry

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Tap water -- which is EPA regulated -- 

undergoes testing for e. coli, is required to 

provide its source and produce quality reports

Bottled water, on the other hand, doesn't have to meet any of those standards to be distributed.
Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration regulates bottled water and its standards pale in comparison to the EPA's for the tap. A few examples of this include: less frequent bacteria testing, no mandatory reports of violations to federal officials, and no filtration or disinfection requirements on the federal level (while many states have no meaningful programs of their own).

In scientific testing, bottled water was found 

to be no safer than tap water

According to the National Resources Defense Council, most bottled water is of good quality. But does that make it better than tap water? The most recent tests by the NRDC tested 103 bottled waters and showed the following:
  • Nearly one in five tested waters contained, in at least one sample, more bacteria than allowed under microbiological-purity "guidelines"
  • Four waters (4 percent) violated the generally weak federal bottled water standards (two for excessive fluoride and two for excessive coliform bacteria
  • In eight cases arsenic was found in at least one test at a level of potential health concern.
In conclusion: "...there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water."

Read more:

In taste tests, tap water consistently ranks 

at or above the level of bottled water

The production of water bottles uses 17 million

barrels of oil a year, and it takes three times 

the water to make the bottle as it does to fill it

For a product that claims to be environmentally responsible, the bottled water industry does more than its fair share of planet trashing. The amount of oil used to make a year's worth of bottles could fill one million cars for a year, and more water is used in making the bottle than filling it

Of the 30 billion plastic water bottles sold in the 

United States in 2005, only 12 percent were 


According to Doug James, a professor of computer science and computer graphics at Cornell University and a recycling advocate, that left 25 billion bottles "landfilled, littered or incinerated."
And recycled bottle plastic can only be re-used in non-food products.
Essentially, there is no way for bottled water to be as environmentally responsible as tap water.  

The 2011 global forecast called for over 

$86 billion in profits

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That includes sparkling flavored water, sparkling unflavored water, still flavored water and still unflavored water. A very impressive number considering a similar product comes basically free from the kitchen sink.

The videos below are shown to simply demonstrate the reality and negative impact of bottled water. Bottled water is terrible for the environment. But please note that some of these videos below claim that tap water is safe to drink, and have proven that it "tested clean" for bacteria and other micro organisms. However, they videos do not show testing for toxic chemicals in the water (which may or may not be removed by EITHER the bottled water or the tap water). Please go to  to determine whether your tap water has had toxic chemicals in it, and ask for a water report from your water supply company. 

This was pretty darn funny so I had to post it!