Plastic Water Bottles- More Expensive than we Think

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 12:06 PM

We see plastic water bottles everywhere. They're sold for dollars at supermarkets, in bulk at Costco, and even given out free at some events. They conveniently carry beverages for us and are easy to toss (or recycle!). At what price do we pay for such a cheap commodity?

An article on reusable water bottles says that bottled water can cost anywhere from 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon than the price of tap water. Even more intriguing is that if you look at the price per gallon of water, you will pay more for single-use bottles than for gasoline! See the link below for the article.

Plastic water bottles are not only more expensive than tap water, they can be more dangerous too.
The Federal Government strictly regulates the tap water we drink. Bottled water, on the other hand, is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration with much less stringent rules, and only regulates 30-40% of bottled water sold across state lines.

By purchasing a reusable water bottle, you can save your hard-earned cash and protect your health. Having your own reusable water bottle can also be fun! Its a personal item that can be customized to your liking. I personally love Klean Kanteen water bottles. They're made with stainless steal and are incredibly durable. They are also a member of the 1% of the Planet, who pledge to contribute 1% of their annual sales to nonprofit organizations working to protect, preserve, and restore the natural environment. They can be purchased at www.kleankanteen.com.


The following article makes some great points about how a reusable water bottle can benefit you and the planet, and can be read at:
http://www.healthebay.org/blogs-news/reusable-water-bottles-triple-bonus


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