Web Site Recommends Limiting Bottled Water Use
Nevada City, CA -- As the production and consumption of bottled water continues to grow at a rapid pace worldwide, many environmental activists and water safety advocates are urging consumers to curtail their use of throw-away water bottles. Citing environmental and health risks, experts from friendsofwater.com are promoting alternatives to help curb use.
“There’s a common misconception that bottled water is healthier than other sources, but there’s no basis for this belief,” says Tim Hickey, co-founder of friendsofwater.com.
“We recommend using a kitchen filter and your own reusable bottles instead. It’s cost-efficient, delivers water free of contaminants and reduces environmental problems associated with bottled water,” he adds.
Concerns like these are quite common from environmental advocates and there is strong data supporting the idea of a sizeable ecological impact from water bottles.
According to The Earth Policy Institute, manufacturing 29 million plastic water bottles for use in the United States each year requires the equivalent of approximately 17 million barrels of crude oil. Additionally, the majority of these bottles are not recycled by consumers, which creates a strain on landfills. Water bottles are also hauled long distances for distribution, burning massive quantities of fuel.
Hickey also warns of potential health risks associated with consuming water from a bottle.
“Soft plastic manufactured for bottles can easily release chemicals into the water,” he says. “Staying hydrated is an important health issue but drinking water that isn’t pure and contributes to the degradation of the environment is not necessary.”
Expense is also a commonly cited reason for switching to filters. Some experts have estimated the cost of bottled water to be over seven times that of tap water. Families who make the transition to filtered tap water stand to save significantly in doing so.
“A quality filter will pay for itself in a very short period of time,” says Corinne Hickey, who founded friendsofwater.com with Mr. Hickey. “For a family that consumes a lot of water, the savings can be significant and add up very quickly.”
In addition to water filters, friendsofwater.com also provides products and information on water as it relates to conservation, environmental issues, health, recreation and gardening.
For more information, including how to sign up for the free ezine, The Waterfall, visit http://www.friendsofwater.com or call 866-482-6803.
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