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            LIVING GREEN - Friday, May 23, 2008
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Good morning, 

I happened upon an extremely interesting article today about 
bottled water. As the industry grows it becomes more and more 
of an environmental issue mostly because of packaging. 

US bottled water sales are growing nearly 10 percent annually 
and the trash from tossed containers is climbing just as 
quickly. The irony is that the United States has some of the 
best public water supplies in the world. Not only that, but 
bottled water sold in the United States is not necessarily 
cleaner or safer than most tap water. 

At the end of July beverage giant PepsiCo was forced by public 
pressure to explain on its Aquafina bottled water that the 
contents inside come from...the tap. 

Yet the public still consumes four billion gallons of water a 
year in individual-sized bottles. 

According to the Earth Policy Institute, it costs the United 
States 1.5 million barrels of oil a year to produce the 
plastic bottles used for water. And if one adds the energy 
required to transport it -- especially premium water imported 
all the way from France, Italy and even the Fiji islands -- 
the negative impact on the environment rises quickly. Do we 
really need all that bottled water? 

Scroll down for some simple tips to help curb your bottled 
water addiction... 

Thanks for reading, 

Your Living Green editor 


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* There is nothing evil about bottled water. Sometimes it 
is just more convenient to buy a bottle of water then spend 
time looking for a water fountain. But do you really have 
to buy two or three brand new individual bottles a day? 
Whenever I buy a bottle of water I try save the bottle, if 
it is convenient, and re-fill it with tap water. I almost 
always have half-a-dozen bottles of ice cold water in my 
fridge that I haven't paid a cent for, and it's just as 
easy to bring one with me in the car in the morning or to 
the gym at night as it is to buy a bottle while I'm out. 

* Tap water tastes funny to you? Install a water filter on 
your sink at home. A faucet mounted water filter can be as 
cheap as $40 and will remove 96-99 percent of chlorine, 
92-99 percent of lead, and between 95-99 percent of at 
least a half dozen other chemicals and impurities from your 
tap water. 

* Your filtered tap water will not only be cleaner than the 
typical bottled water but a lot cheaper. Filtering your 
water with a faucet mounted filter will cost you about 20 
cent per gallon, versus more than a dollar for one pint of 
bottled water. 

* Don't want to bother with a screwdriver to install a 
faucet mounted filter? You can buy a pitcher-type water 
filter for as little as $25. It will not filter quite 
as well as a faucet mounted filter but your water will 
probably just as clean as what you will get from bottled 
water. 


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