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Outrageous Facts about Bottled Water.

15 January 2013

At the Minnesota Energy Challenge, we love recycling as much as the next person. Yet, what is even better than recycling- is not having to at all! After listening to a recent article on NPR about the University of Vermont banning the sale of bottled water on campus, I was inspired to share a few facts about bottled water!

1. It was found that bottled water contains chemicals such as fertilizer residue, pain medications and disinfection byproducts. A study by the Environmental Working Group found that 10 popular bottled water brands had an average of 8 different chemicals in the water. What do they recommend to drink? Simply filtered tap water!

2. About 85 million bottles of water are consumed in the U. S. every day. (source)

3. All this bottled water we consume used about 17 million barrels of oil – enough to fuel 1 million American cars for a year! This also produces 2.5 million tons of CO2. (source)

4. The processing involved to make bottled water uses 3 liters of water to produce just 1 liter of water. (source)

5. Bottled water can cost 1000x that of tap water, .02¢ vs. $1-10 per gallon. (source)

For more information on the issue, I strongly recommend a short video:  The Story of Bottled Water.

Want to kick your bottled water habit? Start slowly, aim to remember to use a reusable water bottled at least once a week instead of bottled, and increase from there. Or if you are a fan of filtered tap water, a great first step would be to invest in a faucet water filter or water bottle with filter insert.

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