The Benefits of Filtered Water VS Bottled Water
According to a September, 2021 Los Angeles Times article, the majority of bottled water Americans buy comes straight from the tap. In other words, you might be paying much more money at the store for the same thing you get by turning on your kitchen or bathroom faucet. And while the popularity of bottled water has exploded in recent years, many consumers are now thinking twice about pouring their money into plastic bottles.
Why are a growing number of Americans giving up bottled water in favor of filtering their own?
Filtered water offers environmental benefits
It’s no secret that bottled water is wasteful, with Americans throwing away more than 60 million plastic water bottles every day. Only about 12% of these bottles ever make their way to recycling centers, with most ending up in landfills.
Choosing filtered water over bottled water also offers environmental benefits by helping conserve energy and reduce unnecessary waste. It helps decrease emissions and gasses that come from fabricating and transporting the plastic bottles, and it also cuts the number of boats and trucks needed to import the product from other countries or move it across the United States.
Filtered Water offers health benefits
When you filter your water yourself, you know what you’re getting. Filtering water removes chemicals, and it also removes herbicides or pesticides that may make their way from nearby farms into the lakes or rivers used to produce bottled water. When you buy bottled water from a store, you have no choice but to believe what the bottle says about what’s inside – even though there’s no way to prove it.
Filtering your own water also eliminates risks associated with BPAs, which are industrial chemicals found in some plastic water bottles. BPAs pose certain health risks, including potential risks to the prostate glands of fetuses, infants and children. Science also suggests that BPAs can impact a child’s behavior. Finally, bottled water may undergo exposure to heat or light while it makes it way to you, and this, too, can impact water quality as well as taste.
Filtered water offers better peace of mind
Choosing filtered, rather than bottled, water gives you peace of mind that you aren’t exposing your family to avoidable health hazards. You don’t have to question whether the brand name behind your water effectively removed chlorine, chloramine, arsenic, heavy metals, trihalomethanes, ground water contaminants, fluoride or other chemicals or compounds that could potentially harm you and your family’s health.
Increasing your water intake offers undeniable health benefits. Yet, when you buy bottled water, you never know what’s inside. By filtering water from your own tap, you can trust and feel good about the process – and get your water where most of the big-name bottled brands get it, anyway.