The case for glass bottles
Why risk plastic chemicals leaching into your water when there
is an alternative? You can reuse a glass bottle and drink water
from it. You will also be reducing the amount of plastic in
landfills by using glass water bottles. Plastic water bottles can
take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade. Reuse your sources; after all
you are the one being affected by this.
10 ways to save water
* Fix any leaks around your house.
When you’re taking a sip of that thirst quenching water, stop and ask where it came from.
If you’ve bought that expensive bottled water, the kind that promises the cleanest and most refreshing water, you might think you’re safe from all that bad bacteria.
Well, think again.
Plastic bottled water can be just as bad as your common tap water, sometimes worse, because plastic bottled water is just like your common tap water.
Yes, some bottled water comes from springs, but most of the time it comes from public water sources.
You may never know that because bottlers are not required to list their water’s sources.
In 1999, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) tested more than 103 brands of water (totaling 1,000 bottles). The council found that at least in one sample, a third of the brands contained bacterial or chemical contaminants, such as arsenics.
Some of these carcinogens exceed state or industry standards.
Phthalates (esters of phthalic acid added to plastics to increase their flexibility) have also been found in bottled water. They are known to cause malformed fetus reproductive organs and low sperm counts.
Chicago is known to have the safest drinking water. But, according to recent research, it might not be as safe as we think it is. In a recent Chicago Tribune article, environment reporter Michael Hawthorne found that traces of sex hormones, painkillers, DEET insect repellent and, even anti-cholesterol drugs were detected in Lake Michigan water.
Tests also found very small amounts of antidepressant Prozac and sulfamethoxazole, which is an antibiotic.
"The tests also found caffeine, nicotine and cotinine, a nicotine byproduct, all of which researchers consider to be indicators of pharmaceuticals from human waste," according to the article.
But there is not enough to justify whether we need a treatment plan for our water, says the Chicago Tribune.
We are still better off with tap water because the cost is a major difference. The average price of bottled water in the U.S. is $10 a gallon, while a gallon of tap water is only $0.1.
According to a 2007 story by Chicago Sun-Times reporter Janet Rausa Fuller: "Americans spent nearly $11 billion last year on bottled water, making it the nation's second-favorite beverage, after soft drinks."
So the question is: Is it worth the money?