Bottled Water And Its Effects On Your Body And Environment

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Bottled Water is not only dangerous to your environment, but to you and your body as well. There are many myths that accompany this topic, but the purpose of this paper is to give the clear cut facts on an important issue. Aside from it’s dangers to your wallet, its affects on your body and environment are astonishing. For years bottled water has been viewed as a convenient and “safe” alternative to lugging around a big thermos or drinking the water from your tap. In reality, actual safe alternatives to bottled water include a refillable water bottle, a distiller, or a filter. All of these options not only can save you future health problems due to dangerous chemicals in the packaging of bottled water, but also help to save a lot of money. Contrary to popular belief, bottled water is not safer for you than tap water. At least 25% of bottled is actually tap water that has been bottled near the distribution point. The reality is that tap water is being packaged into water bottles and sold as being “purified” or straight from serene mountains and icecaps. Approximately 2.5 million gallons of municipal tap water each year are bottled and sold throughout the United States (Shapley). Ironically, the most highly monitored supply of water is the municipal tap water system. The reason it’s monitored so closely is because of the threatening effects that untreated bacteria can have on the body. For example, city tap water can’t have any trace amounts of E.Coli or fecal coliform. E. Coli is a dangerous strain of bacteria found in the intestines of humans and animals, that can cause severe food poisoning. Fecal coliform is another bacteria found in the digestive tracks of humans and animals that can cause harmful ear infections a... ... middle of paper ... ...is extremely counterproductive (hearts). The facts prove effortlessly that bottled water does more harm than good. For years bottled water had been viewed as a convenient and “safe” alternative to carrying around a thermos or drinking from the tap. The facts of this paper have pointed out the faults in the use of bottled water and the irresponsibility to continue its use. It’s risk to the body and environment make it an extremely harmful choice. Unfortunately due to lack of knowledge on the subject and desire for convenience, bottled water sales will continue to rise. The alternatives to bottled water, such as a thermos or water filters, can help the public reduce their exposure to the dangerous effects that it brings to the environment and more importantly, our bodies. Bottled water is not only dangerous to the environment but to you and your body as well.

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