Recently, I came across the Facebook and Twitter accounts of Plastic Free Philippines, the ones who also started the hashtag #AyokoNgPlastic on twitter. Last July 3, they declared it No to Plastic Bags day. But I think we shouldn’t stop at plastic bags, we should also extend it to plastic bottles, including those containers that we have our water delivered in. So here it goes, (If I disappear from the blogosphere, it just means the mafia got to me! Just kidding!! …. I hope!) the UP activist in me says NO TO PLASTIC BOTTLED WATER!
1. For your health.
Read on this more extensively in a previous post I made – There’s Something in The Bottled Water.
- Studies by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that those 5-gallon containers leach the toxic BPA into our drinking water.
- The PET used in mineral water bottles may not leach BPA but the study also suggests they still leach endocrine disruptors like BPA.
- The Endocrine Society, issued a 34-page report that said there was strong evidence of adverse health effects from endocrine disruptors, including harm to the reproductive system, causing malformations, infertility and cancer.
2. By buying bottled water, you increase your carbon footprint considerably.
The folks at Treehugger did a calculation on how much a of bottle Fiji mineral water actually cost. Locally, we can just look at basic info on how much drinking bottled water affects our carbon footprint:
- According to the calculation they made, plastic bottle containers are made with almost 7x the water the bottles contain (water is necessary in the production process).
- The raw material of plastic is petroleum or natural gas.
- To transport these bottles from factories to manufacturers’ warehouses to supermarkets, you consume gasoline and pollute the air.
- And after each bottle is used, the studies in the U.S. show only 15% of the bottles are recycled.
Specific to the 5-gallon bottles that are delivered to your homes and offices:
- You need to use a considerable amount of water to clean the insides of these containers (I hope they clean them!!)
- To assure the customers that they are clean, the refilling stations use a plastic seal around the mouth of the container and even wrap each bottle individually with plastic. (That’s more plastic than necessary!)
- They use a considerable amount of petroleum for the delivery, sometimes even the unsafe kind as they are delivered by tricycles using a 2T motorcycle engine.
- When they get to your homes, you use a hot and cold water dispenser which generates more electricity vs. just using your refrigerator. (And how often do you clean the inside of your water dispenser? Watch out for this post next week!)
So, once again (at the risk of not being able to blog anymore after this) I say STOP BUYING BOTTLED WATER and having water delivered to your home and do the ff:
1. Invest in your own home water filter. Everyone knows I sell Aquasana so obviously I would recommend that brand. But I encourage you to do research and find out what filter is best for your needs. Remember, the refilling stations and bottled water manufacturers actually use filter systems as well. They don’t use anything more special.
2. Invest in a glass or stainless steel reusable liquid container. Bring this around with you and fill it with filtered water from your home.
3. Support Plastic Free Philippines and be a fan of their Facebook page.
Goodbye Blog-o-sphere =) It was nice knowing you.