What brand of the plastic water bottle do you prefer?
Dasani, Aquafina, Nestle, Poland Spring, Evian or maybe Mountain Valley?
How do you pick your water bottle? Is there a difference in taste? Or how soft it is? Maybe alkaline water? Or by mineral content?
You might also give preference to a specific region because of climate or characteristics of local geology. Right?
Wrong! For most people, it’s whatever…
But what do you know about the water you are drinking, especially when you shell out whopping $3 for that plastic bottle? Is your water so refreshing, crisp and tasty? But most important – IS IT SAFE? Are you sure there are no lawsuits against your “favorite” brand?
Hopefully, this post will shed a little light, and you will see why we should not use plastic water bottles.
1. Groundwater Instead of Spring? Buyer Beware!
Every day we see ads with images of crystal-clear mountain springs and breathtaking views of national parks. Do you think in your plastic bottle is safe and high-quality water from pristine streams and creeks?
You might be mistaken.
Just a couple of weeks ago on March 29, 2019, The New York Times published an article “Is Poland Spring Water Really From a Spring? ‘Not One Drop,’ Says a Lawsuit.”
For all of us during the last 20 years, Poland Spring became a staple. I used to buy cases of it because of brand recognition. Glance on a label, and you easily imagine the breathtaking mountains of Maine and believe that water you are drinking is “100% natural spring water.”
But according to the class-action lawsuit’s claims against Poland Spring, it has been “a colossal fraud perpetrated against American consumers.” The water actually is common groundwater that “has been illegally mislabeled in order to “reap massive undue sales.”
The jaw-dropping allegation is that famous Poland Spring in Maine “…effectively ran dry nearly 50 years ago.” That’s why the company maintained six “phony, man-made ‘springs’” to comply with the law. And some of them allegedly are near a “former human waste dump, refuse pit, landfill, ash pile, farm where pesticides were previously used…”
Well, if you knew that “spring” water in your plastic bottle was from an area with potential contamination, would you bought it?
Please don’t take a risk. Go for an alternative!
2. Think Hard: Purified or Tap?
Do you know that 25% of all bottled water is actually coming from your faucet? Yes. That’s right! Some estimated that it’s as much as 45%.
Next time you grab Dasani or Aquafina, look at the label. You will read “Purified Water.” It is a fancy name for water which comes from a municipal supply—in other words, it’s tap water. Before bottling, companies treat it through distillation, reverse osmosis, filtration or ozonation. At least it is as required by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
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So, if you choose your plastic water bottle as a healthier alternative to tap water, think twice!
And if Dasani purifies tap water, why shouldn’t you?
3. Pouring Money Down The Drain!
Now let’s talk water economics.
Do you know how much you spent last year on all your bottled water?
If you ever visited New York City, you can see street vendors offering a regular 16oz bottle for $1. But step into the movie theater or a hotel, it will cost you an arm and a leg!
Let’s keep math simple and stick only with one bottle for $1. It is whopping $365 a year not counting bottle deposit.
But do you buy only one bottle a day? Is it 16oz or larger? And where do you buy your water? A vending machine at work? Hospital facility? Fancy grocer? Airport?
All this can add up and result in hundreds and hundreds of your after-tax(!) dollars. No wonder bottled water surpassed soda business. Today you are drinking more bottled water than any other beverage.
But if the water is free, why the heck we waste our hard-earned money on the bottled stuff? Profit margin? Sign me up for this business!
So, do you know your “water” bill?
Will you continue pouring money down the drain?
That’s another reason why we should not use plastic water bottles. Switch to this great filtered bottle alternative! Make your own bottling plant. I did!
4. “Arsenic Pond” – Where From Is Your Water?
Regardless purified or spring, do you know what region is your bottle water?
Let me explain.
When a few years ago my husband took a blood test during an annual check-up, he had an elevated level of arsenic. I did a heavy metal test which confirmed that I also had high readings.
Soon enough we’ve got a letter from the local Health Department asking why.
I exclaimed: It is not a question for us! It is a question for you, dear Health Department.
Then I started thinking. Few months before blood test my husband stayed with his parents in another state. And the only thing we had in common—we were drinking bottled water from the same brand. Water was from California.
Little did I know that California had and still has horrible drinking water problems. Its groundwater was compromised for years by one or more contaminants, with the most common being arsenic. No wonder that my doctor told me never(!) buy water bottled on the West Coast!
Arsenic is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. It is a poison and may cause tremendous damage to your health, cause cancer and neurological problems.
So, if your water is from California, are you sure it is not near the “Arsenic Pond?”
Should you be concerned about massive recent fires and amount of ash debris?
5. What Is Floating In Your Bottle?
Recently I stumbled on a staggering BBC News report about tests on most recognized water bottle brands. As it turned out, almost all of 250 examined bottles of Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life and others, had tiny plastic particles in the water!
Amount found was apparently twice(!) higher than in tap water.
Among types of plastics found in bottled water are polypropylene (used in bottle caps)—54%, nylon, polystyrene, polyethylene and other “polys.” Wow!
Do you want micro plastics floating in your bottle water?
One logical question is where this “stuff” maybe coming from. Experts assumed that since highest percent found to be polypropylene used to make bottle caps, “one theory is that the act of opening a bottle may shed particles inside.”
Even though effect of those micro plastics is unclear, would you be concerned?
Well, next time you twist your plastic bottle cap, be careful!
What to do? Filter your tap water!
Message In A Bottle… In Summary
I hope this new information leaves you not thinking twice about ditching your plastic water bottle. Imagine if you don’t…
So, what is a “message in a bottle?” Let’s summarize.
- You don’t know what you are drinking.
- They tell you it is “spring” but there is “not a drop.”
- They charge you an arm and a leg for what is free.
- You don’t know if there are health adverse effects.
- Your water bottle has floating micro plastics.
Now when I gave you enough reasons why we should not use plastic water bottles, go ahead and take advantage of this powerful option.
I didn’t want to anger you. My passion is to make you aware. I have full trust in you because you are clever, intelligent and for sure care about your health.
… Water is life. Please make your choice wisely. I know you will!
Founder of Detox Generation
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