green hydration

tranquil space stopped selling bottled water when we moved into our 17th st space equipped with a water fountain. as a business trying to make green choices we felt selling bottled water was encouraging unnecessary waste (food & water watch has more info). but there has been some resistance to our lack of bottled water. it is a convenience that we have gotten used to. but recently there are reports that the bottled water trend is changing and not just sigg toting yogis. the washington post reports that bottled water sales are down. although the tough economy seems to be more of a motivator than environmental concerns. what do you think about bottled water?

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  1. Anonymous

    August 17, 2009 at 9:20pm

    Good for TS! There are at least three REALLY good reasons to give up bottled water — your health, your pocketbook, and the planet. We all care about at least one of these! ;)

    Health: The contents of some bottled water is questionable even at the time it’s bottled –some brands have no more special mineral content or “purity” than tap water. More important, dangerous chemicals leach from the plastic the bottles are made of into the water. These chemicals are carcinogenic at very low levels. This is no urban legend — any web search of reputable (not industry-financed) sites will tell you all about it and it’s scary. It’s for this reason that there’s now legislation protecting baby food from this leaching. Protect yourself, too, babe!

    Pocketbook: At (a very modest estimated cost of) $2 per day 5 days per week, bottled water costs $500 per year. If you drink more bottled water than that, or if your brand costs more, well, like they say, do the math! Whereas a year of Brita filters costs less than $30 a year and the water tastes great! Forget about the pitcher — I’ve had mine 10 years and it paid for itself the first month. Annual savings; $475. That’s a lot of yoga classes and cute yoga togs!

    Planet: according to EcoAction.Net,Americans (just Americans!!!) go through 2.5 million plastic bottles EVERY HOUR. Plastic lasts pretty much forever,so the website points out that if the Pilgrims had 6-packs, we’d still have the plastic rings from them today. How many of these 2.5 million bottles an hour are recycled? Estimates range from 10% to 25%. The rest are incinerated or go into landfills or into the ocean — however municipalities get rid of their trash. (That’s if they make it into the trash.) Gross. Even if you recycle every single bottle you buy (and who really does that if they buy a lot of water), this is an insane situation to be part of.

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