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No More Bottled Water!

When I was growing up I would have never believed that people in the future would be buying water--in fact that there would be large sections of the grocery store dedicated to the various "types". I thought water was just water and it was free!

It's understandable that people are wary of tap water and the pollutants that may in it. Unfortunately, the alternative that too many of us have turned to are individual drinking waters bottled in plastic. Rarely is there a meeting, a community event, or a workout that doesn't involve lots of bottled water.

The bottled water industry has led us to believe that their product is more pure, more natural, and more healthy than tap water. Many people prefer the convenience of bottled water to wading through the confusing market of water filtration systems. The reality is that we are all paying a heavy price for this modern convenience, as is our environment.

Last year alone, Hawai’i residents went through 895 million glass bottles, cans, and plastic bottles. Of the 895 million, there were 186 million plastic bottles. We had a 79% redemption rate and 147 million plastic bottles were recycled. However, 39 million bottles ended up in the landfill or became litter.

Within the last few years 60 cities in the United States, as well as some in Europe, Canada, and Australia have passed bans on spending taxpayer dollars for bottled waters in government meetings and offices. Bundadoon, a small town south of Sydney, Australia took it one step further and passed a ban on the sale of bottled water after word got out about a manufacturing company that planned to move in, bottle their tap water, and sell it back to them in the stores.

For the sake of the environment, where many of the unrecycled bottles end up, your health, and your pocketbook, make a personal ban against bottled water. Get a stainless steel or glass container, good quality tap water or a water filter, and quench your thirst. If you want to find out more about this topic, I highly recommend checking out Tapped:the Movie.

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