You’ve no doubt heard the story by now that bottled water is adding to the environmental threat to the world. The amount of plastic water bottles that end up in landfill sites every day is surprising and means that the vast majority are not being recycled.
The energy used to create plastic bottles, transport them to their destination, and the fact that most of the water is simply filtered faucet water are all reasons why you should buy a water filter for your personal use. Making your own “bottled” water will save you money and help support the planet.
One of the most popular brands is Brita replacement water filter cartridges. They come in various types and sizes, can be connected directly to your sink, or come as part of a water holding tank setup that you keep in your refrigerator. I personally use the brita riviera water pitcher, because I like the availability of chilled water 24/7 as this pitcher sits nicely in the refrigerator. However, all sorts works well.
Water filters will take out impurities and chlorine and leave your water tasting just as good as most bottled brands . This makes it a good choice for you and your family.
Along with producing great tasting drinks available to you and your family 24 hours a day, using a filter can save you a bit of money. On average, faucet water costs pennies on the dollar compared to purchasing bottled.
Faucet water might also be healthier than some bottled water, as there are not as many laws in place covering bottled water regulation as there are for tap water laid down by city municipalities. Therefore, it could be argued, that producing your own filtered water in the house is technically healthier for you than bottled anyway, and definitely better from an environmental perspective.
If you buy a refillable water bottle you will also have access to filtered water when on the road or at work – places where you typically use bottled water. You can purchase reusable bottles just about anywhere you shop and they come in a variety of sizes and materials, such as stainless steel, plastic or glass. Purchasing one for everyone in your family will allow them to have their own bottled water with them wherever they go.
Investing in water filters at home is a sensible and “green” choice to make for your entire family and the planet generally. You end up with the same or improved quality of water, save some hard earned dollars, and help improve the environment.