I know at times we get caught out without our reusable bottles, or you may be trying to cut back on buying bottled water altogether and just starting a plastic free journey but really we need to be more aware especially now that the Environment Working Group have released their findings about what’s in your bottled water – besides water?
Crystal clear water – sparkling at us from those unique shaped bottles… but are they as pure as they are touted to be?
Bottled water isn’t exactly cheap (definitely not if you calculate its complete life cycle) and can cost up to 1,900 times more than tap water, so you would think we kind of have the right to know what is in it?
Well we are wrong… dammit!
The manufacturers of the bottled water keep secret some or all of the answers to these basic questions:
- Where does the water come from?
- Is it purified? How?
- Have tests found any contaminants?
I bet you weren’t even shocked at that.
Among the ten best-selling brands, nine — Pepsi’s Aquafina, Coca-Cola’s Dasani, Crystal Geyser and six of seven Nestlé brands — don’t answer at least one of those questions.
According to the EWG
Since July 2009, when Environmental Working Group released its groundbreaking Bottled Water Scorecard, documenting the industry’s failure to disclose contaminants and other crucial facts about their products, bottled water producers have been taking withering fire from consumer and environmental groups.
A new EWG survey of 173 unique bottled water products finds a few improvements – but still too many secrets and too much advertising hype. Overall, 18 percent of bottled waters fail to list the source, and 32 percent disclose nothing about the treatment or purity of the water. Much of the marketing nonsense that drew ridicule last year can still be found on a number of labels.
So what to do?
Well basically don’t drink bottled water – if you have any issues with water being clean, then buy a filter and drink from that and only that. Buy reusable bottles and USE them. if you forget them, then find a place that serves tap water in glasses and ask nicely for one.