The other day my Green Saves Green partner, Allison, wrote about tapping the tap - drinking tap water instead of bottled water. Bottled water is so much more expensive than tap water (about 1000 percent) and the environmental effects of bottled water are devastating. Plus, there's a 40% chance you're just drinking tap water anyway when you drink bottled water.
There's a movement by newdream.org that is asking people to pledge to break the bottled water habit.
From their website:
Everything we consume has a climate impact, but manufacturing and trucking water bottles to homes with clean tap water seems particularly wasteful. The Beverage Marketing Corporation reports that Americans consumed 31.2 billion liters of water in 2006 – nearly 9 liters per month for every man, woman, and child.
Manufacturing all those bottles requires 900,000 tons of plastic, the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, and emit more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide. Trucking around all those heavy bottles emits even more greenhouse gases. Beyond the climate impact there’s the massive waste – 86% of water bottles aren’t recycled -- and water bottling is also, ironically, a very water-intensive endeavor. The Pacific Institute tells us that it takes three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water!
Read the above paragraphs again. Those statistics need to change. Are you ready to save money and help save the environment? I'm going to be taking the pledge. How about you?