Bottled Water: Let’s think about this, shall we?

My kids both play on a tennis team and one of the ‘rules’ of the governing body states that water must be provided for the players at every match. That sounds like a good plan, right?  Wouldn’t want a bunch of dehydrated kids running around on the tennis courts.  However, this rule means that every single week somebody must provide bottled water and this week it is me.  I LOATH bottled water.  I really and truly see bottled water as the epitome of everything that is wrong with society today. We just throw money at something that we could otherwise get for FREE and then  add the resulting trash to our already overflowing waste system.

Think About This Thursday

Bottled Water

Bottled Water: Why are you buying it?

Think about this:  According to, the average person buys 167 bottles of drinking water every year which has created a totally unnecessary multibillion dollar industry.  The bottled water  industry contributes tons of waste to our environment, not to mention the pollution created during production of those convenient plastic bottles.  Unless you are living in a third world country, your tap water is most likely not so bad that you can’t drink it right from the faucet.  In fact, 30 percent of bottled water IS actually tap water!  I’m not naming brands here but chances are your bottled water isn’t actually from some pure mountain stream like you think it is.  And besides, do you know how many animals PEE in those mountain streams.  Mountain water isn’t all that clean either so why pay so much money for it?  Taste tests have actually shown that in side by side comparisons, most people prefer the taste of actual tap water!  Crazy, huh? Check out the video below to learn more about the totally manufactured demand for bottled water.

There are a lot of little things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and ditching the bottled water is one of them.  So, how do you do this?  It is really pretty simple…stop wasting your  money on disposable plastic filled with not quite so tasty water!  You have a faucet in your house.  Use it!  Buy a reusable water bottle and a filter system for your sink and start saving the planet while you save a few dollars!

Don’t leave home without a reusable water bottle for you and your kids.  Teach your children early that water comes from a TAP, not from a disposable plastic water bottle that you buy at the local mini mart.  Green and healthy habits start when kids are young so teach them to carry a reusable water bottle with them when they go out!

About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!


  1. hey Diane! i'm w/ you, i LOATHE bottled water! Great post and thanks for including us in your resource links! ;)
  2. Melissa Vera says:
    Although I don't agree with your stance on bottled water I do see your point. And I respect your opinion.
  3. Thanks for mentioning the Green Divas! Great infographic! If you'd ever like to contribute to our site, please let me know ;)
  4. Do you have to provide bottled water? Why not bring a large Igloo cooler with water and reusable cups (dollar store has great ones!). We don't buy bottled water anymore and instead use reusable bottles for all of our activities.
  5. Great post! I use to be a HUGE water bottle drinker! I actually believed that it was better for me! When I 'grew' up I realized that it wasn't good for the environment and have since switched to reusable bottles and my tap! More people need to be aware!
  6. The team should invest in reusable water bottles that they can refill with a jug. We've cut our bottle buying in half so far buying a water dispenser that we refill at our local grocery store for pennies!
  7. My ta water tastes gross and we have drunk filtered watered for a while now.

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