Bottled Water: Is it a Green Choice or Not?



We are witnessing several decades’ long expansion of bottled water all around the world, even in places that are rich with natural water resources. Is it really a fact that bottled water is the best choice when drinking water is concerned? Is it truly being collected in the purest springs on the top of the mountain or are things somewhat different in reality? Let us answer these and several other questions and shed some objective light on the matter of bottled water being a green choice.

Plastic bottles and pollution

The estimate is that around 50 billion water bottles are consumed annually throughout the world. Given the fact that it takes around 450 years for a plastic bottle to fully dissolve it is no wonder that this amount of plastic bottles produced on regular basis significantly contributes to the overall devastating effect plastic has on our environment. These facts alone are sufficient to make us stop and think before we buy another plastic bottle of water.

5107788414_0f7fb3614b_bToxicity of plastic

Ever since they started being used for bottling water plastic bottles have been under constant testing and research. The primary interest lies in the question whether any toxic chemicals are being released into the water and whether they remain in the human body after consumption. The results are constantly shifting from positive to negative and bottles are constantly being improved to prevent any harmful influences. However, all potential consumers should ask themselves a question whether it is worth the risk in the first place?

Energy consumption required to produce bottled water

The figures are simply shocking. The estimate is that it takes three times the amount of water to produce one bottle than to fill it. Around 17 million barrels of oil are used to produce the annual volume of bottled water and over 50 million to transport them to the stores around the globe. Perhaps the most vivid way to fully comprehend these figures is to imagine one-quarter of every plastic water bottle filled with oil and ponder the impact it has on fossil fuel consumption and the environment in general, regardless if the bottles are made of glass or plastic.

Tap water

When it comes to economic angle, it goes without saying that using tap water is more affordable and convenient than buying bottled water. When it comes to health, unless your tap water has a high content of dangerous substances the experts agree that there are no justifiable reasons not to use it and that small amounts of impurities are in fact beneficial to our immune systems. Finally, the fact that tap water has been used for centuries must stand for something, as well as the fact that consuming it does not pollute the environment in any way. Having your water tested by professional is good idea for the safety and health of your family.

Filtered water alternative

If you do not wish to let anything to chance and want to be absolutely certain that you are drinking the healthiest household water available filtering is the way to go, claim Sydney-based experts for water filters. Tap water cleared of all chemical and bacterial impurities surely is the healthiest choice when it comes to drinking water and the easiness of installment, use and maintenance come as a bonus, as well. Clear clean water is surely the healthiest choice.

Having all this said, it is pretty obvious that bottled water, especially the plastic container version of it, cannot be called a green choice in any aspect of both production and consumption. Bear it all in mind the next time you enter a store.



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12 thoughts on “Bottled Water: A Green Choice?”

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  3. Deborah Smikle-Davis

    There is so much false and misleading information regarding bottled water. It’s such a pleasure to read and share your helpful and informative insights on the matter of bottled water being a green choice. I prefer to filter my own water and carry it in a glass or stainless steel reusable bottle.
    Thank you for partying with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing this!

    1. Hi Deborah,
      Your certainly are right about a lot misinformation on bottled water. Always glad to be part of Healthy Happy Green & Natural blog hop. Marla

    1. Hi GiGi,
      I am so glad to hear that you don’t buy bottled water. Proud of you! Have a healthy happy blessed day! Marla

  4. I do my best to avoid purchasing plastic water bottles! But I have to own up and admit that I did break down and get one that I reused over and over at a hot springs the past 2 days as glass is not allowed near the hot springs (for obvious reasons) but otherwise I always use reusable glass bottles to haul my water around town with me! I usually add a splash of lemon juice too, which I find helps give the water a refreshing taste even after it’s been bottled up in the car all day.

    Thank you for putting together this thoughtful article.

    1. HI Andrea,
      I occasionally buy a bottle of water but usually I take my water with me in a stainless steel bottle. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Have a healthy happy blessed weekend! Marla

      1. Ya, I noticed this last trip that quite a few folks at the hot springs had stainless steel bottles. Looks like I will have to invest in one too. ♥

  5. It makes me so mad when people act like bottled water is somehow good for the environment! It’s terrible! Furthermore, in the United States safety standards for bottled water are actually lower than for tap water, so it’s not any healthier even before it goes into the plastic bottle. Most bottled water simply comes from a municipal water source somewhere, not from a pristine spring.

    I recently read a post about how Hillary Clinton “fixed” the problem of contaminated water in Flint, MI, by organizing a program to give people jobs distributing bottled water. That’s not a fix! It’s only short-term emergency help! They need clean tap water, not a lot of plastic bottles trucked in from somewhere else.

    1. HI Becca,
      I certainly agree with you that bottled water is terrible for the environment. Thanks for providing the link. I also agree about Hilary Clinton and the water in Flint MI – It’s not a fix. Everyone has the right to clean tap water. A bottle of water is okay for an occasional emergency. I have a stainless steel water bottle I use when I go somewhere so I don’t have to buy bottled water. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Have a healthy happy blessed weekend. Marla

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