Help keep One Green Planet free and independent! Together we can ensure our platform remains a hub for empowering ideas committed to fighting for a sustainable, healthy, and compassionate world. Please support us in keeping our mission strong.
Source: TEDx Talks/YouTube
The idea of packaged water was first introduced in the 1970s, Gary Hemphill, managing director of research at the Beverage Marketing Corporation, told Vox. This was when we began to use PET plastic to make water bottles.
“It was really the ’90s when bottled water started to take off,” Hemphill said. Since then, plastic bottles have taken off, and it is now estimated that Americans buy billions of plastic water bottles each year.
Water bottle companies try to lure people in to make money off of something that they already accessible and available in their homes. They market it as healthier and better than tap water, which often it isn’t. Of course, there are huge problems with access to clean water in parts of the United States, but much of this is actually due to the greed of water bottling companies.
Mexico is experiencing a dangerous drought as drink companies continue to use billions of liters of water. The drought in Northern Mexico is so bad that taps are dry in the city of Monterrey. Pipas, or water delivery trucks, are the only way for the community to get water. As many people can’t afford water bottles, the public is growing increasingly angry at companies like Coca-Cola and Heineken that are taking billions of liters of water from public reservoirs, according to a Guardian piece.
Water bottle companies lure people in with their images, promises of purity, and marketing as a healthy alternative to tap water, Vox reports.
“People view it as the ultimate health beverage,” Hemphill told Vox.
Another huge problem, as Vox reports, is the convenience of disposable water bottles. If you’re out, it’s easy to buy a water bottle, and there are little to no safe and functioning water fountains around.
While people have valid concerns about drinking water from the faucet of their homes, there is no guarantee that bottled water is safer. Studies have found that microplastics leach out of these plastic bottles, and we consume them when drinking.
PET plastic is the most common plastic used for water bottles and plastic packaging. A recent study from Brunel University London found that recycled Polyethylene (PET) leached higher levels of chemicals into drinks than new PET containers did. The bottles become degraded over time, and this is just another reason why recycling won’t solve our problems. These companies are bragging that their bottles are 100 percent recyclable and even help keep plastic out of landfills because they “care about you & our planet.”
These companies cannot get away with lying to the public and consumers about their products. Study after study has found that drinking bottled drinks is bad for your health and does nothing but harm the environment and contribute to plastic pollution.
According to Business Insider, tap water is tested more often for its quality than bottled water. It was also discovered that almost half of bottled water comes from the tap, and most people can’t even tell the difference in terms of taste. If, however, you live in a rural area and get your water from a well that is not regulated, it could contain metals such as arsenic and uranium. If you want to find out about the quality of tap water in your area, click here.
- Bottled Water Giant Admits to Lying About Recycling and Sustainability
- 8 Reasons Why Drinking Bottled Water Is Bad For Your Health
- Don’t Drink Another Bottled Water Until You Watch This Video
- The Reason to Never Buy Bottled Water that No One Talks About
- Oh Boy! They’ve Found Microplastics in Bottled Water Too
Easy Ways to Help the Planet:
- Eat Less Meat: Download Food Monster, the largest plant-based Recipe app on the App Store, to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy. You can also buy a hard or soft copy of our favorite vegan cookbooks.
- Reduce Your Fast Fashion Footprint: Take the initiative by standing up against fast fashion Pollution and supporting sustainable and circular brands like Tiny Rescue that raise awareness around important issues through recycled zero-waste clothing designed to be returned and remade over and over again.
- Support Independent Media: Being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!
- Sign a Petition: Your voice matters! Help turn petitions into victories by signing the latest list of must-sign petitions to help people, animals, and the planet.
- Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest news and important stories involving animals, the environment, sustainable living, food, health, and human interest topics by subscribing to our newsletter!
- Do What You Can: Reduce waste, plant trees, eat local, travel responsibly, reuse stuff, say no to single-use plastics, recycle, vote smart, switch to cold water laundry, divest from fossil fuels, save water, shop wisely, Donate if you can, grow your own food, volunteer, conserve energy, compost, and don’t forget about the microplastics and microbeads lurking in common household and personal care products!