I found the following CNN Money Article very interesting:
Why drink bottled water?
"...water costs the same as soda and three times as much as the gas... Packaging and shipping water consumes energy and contributes to global warming. Empty bottles add to litter and solid waste. And, as a rule, bottled water is no safer or healthier than the H2O that flows from municipal water systems." - Source
If municipal water is essentially the same product as bottled water and is just as clean, healthy, safe and refreshing, then why are we drinking expensive bottled water? Well, here's a couple of reasons off the top of my head. First, it's trendy, cool and for some reason a status symbol based on what brand you drink. Second, we are likely just mis-informed about the water and pretty stupid. Third, most likely a little of both. So, if bottled water is the same as the municipal supply and the packaging, shipping and endless refuse is harming the environment and we're completely wasting our money, then wouldn't it be just as trendy and cool to do the opposite? Throw out your bottled water (er, recycle it), because I found the next big thing...
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