Lowering Your Carbon Footprint by Filtering Tap Water
With only a little bit of practical research online, you will quickly discover that many experts agree — drinking filtered tap water is actually the safest, healthiest way to get your daily required amount of fresh water. And further adding to the allure of filtered tap water — both the costs associated with, as well as the environmental damage caused by drinking water from plastic water bottles.
Let’s take a look at the downside to drinking from plastic water bottles, as well as the benefits of drinking filtered tap water. It shouldn’t take long to convince you!
The Costs of Bottled Water
The direct and indirect costs, both in terms of money spent and environmental impact, are huge when it comes to bottled water. Here are just a few statistics associated with plastic water bottles:
- Making bottles to meet the U.S.’s demand for plastic bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil every single year, which is the amount it would take to power 1.3 million cars for a year
- Though stats vary, the average American used nearly 175 plastic water bottles last year, and recycled less than 25% of them
- Americans went through almost 50 billion plastic water bottles last year, and because of our paltry recycling levels, that meant that more than $1 billion worth of plastic was also wasted in the same year.
So what do we spend on bottled water when we buy it at the grocery, the gas station, the convenience store, etc.? If you were to drink all eight of the daily recommended glasses of water, you would spend almost $1500 annually. If you drank all of your daily eight glasses from the tap, you might spend as little as $.49 per year! That should be enough of an argument alone! But sadly, it is not.
And sure, there are plenty of rumors circulating out there, that say with many bottled water brands, all you’re really getting is filtered tap water anyway. According to research, it’s even possible that up to 40% of all bottled water starts off as plain old tap water. So why not save the money and the planet, and filter the tap water yourself?
How to Filter Tap Water for Drinking
There are several ways that consumers can filter their tap water safely and effectively, and the process need not be expensive. Because several studies have proven that mineral-rich drinking water is the healthiest option for us, we don’t recommend processes like reverse osmosis and distillation, which in effect, de-mineralize the water that you drink. With filtering, you are simply removing the impurities and leaving the natural minerals intact.
Many home filter treatments involve a process of carbon absorption, due to its ability to improve the taste and unpleasant odors that are sometime associated with tap water — and this includes chlorine. Among the best solutions for filtering the tap water in your home, are alkaline water ionizing machines. They’re compact, so they don’t take up much space on your kitchen counter. They’re easy to use, many of them come with warranties, and they’re also very easy to install.
With filtered drinking water straight from the tap, you get: clean and mineral-rich drinking water going right into your system; the convenience of an in-home system; direct control over the quality of your water; and tons of cost savings, from the price at the cash register to the gas you’ll save, not having to drive to the store for bottled water.
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