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Bottled Water Is Out

What’s out? Bottled water.

What’s in? Tap Water.

Wait what? Tap water? But isn’t my bottled water the most natural, most mineral rich, most awesome, yummy, good for you water out there?

No, not even close.

Let’s quickly just talk about the fact that bottled water comes in plastic bottles. Plastic that can leach all sorts of chemicals like BPA (bisphenol-A), and whatever other harmful chemicals that go in to plastic, some of which we might not even be aware of yet. Chemicals that can have harmful effects on our health, and the health of our children.

Getting past the plastic, there are several other reason that bottled water is a terrible alternative to tap water.

Most noteably is water quality standards. City supplied tap water in America is the cleanest tap water you will find in the world. It is also the most regulated, most inspected, most tested water in the world. Before a city can deliver water to your tap, it must pass vigorous quality tests. Bottled water on the other hand, is highly unregulated and is subject to much looser regulations for quality.

What does this mean for you? It means that your city MUST deliver you clean water. Your bottled water company, well, doesn’t have to.

But my water is in a bottle, that must mean it comes from some exotic, special water source, right? Wrong. In fact, many times, what comes in your bottle, is simply what came out of someone elses tap.

But the label says that this is the best extra special super spring healthy fresh from untouched snow melt natural awesome water ever made! They wouldn’t lie to me, so it must be true right? Wrong.

Welcome to marketing 101. Rule number 1. What you read, is not always what you get. And before you ask, rule number 2. There is no one out there to prevent them from telling you that this is the best most awesome super healthy water in the world, even if it’s not true.

So what should you do? It’s complicated, but I’ll try to explain it.

Go buy yourself a stainless steel water bottle, turn on the cold water in your sink, and fill it  up.

Want to take an extra step toward healthy water? Pick up a water filtration kit that fits your budget, whether it’s an inexpensive pitcher for $10, or a more expensive permanent sink mount option for $100, and repeat the steps above.

Your body will thank you, your wallet will thank you, and despite the fact that the bottled water company wont thank you, the Earth will thank you.

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