I was recently in a conversation where a 23-year old adult said, regarding this topic, “If I don’t drink bottled water, where will I get it?” She was totally serious. Back in the olden days (before water bottles but after the wheel was invented), we used to fill a reusable water bottle or cup at the sink or from the pitcher in the fridge or water cooler or fountain at work. Soccer moms took a 2-gallon cooler with paper cups to the game.
A popular email goes around constantly about how a Johns Hopkins newsletter stated that Sheryl Crow’s breast cancer was caused by dioxins leaching into the bottled water she drank. Sheryl Crow doesn’t know what caused her breast cancer any more than anyone else can isolate one factor like that (out of so many in our daily environment). The watchdog sites like truthorfiction.com and snopes.com were quick to repudiate the story. This should not, however, be taken as evidence that plastics are perfectly safe.
While this email has no accuracy, and highly dangerous dioxins do not leach from plastic into water, other toxic chemicals like phthalates do. Avoid bottled drinking water, which often contains more chemicals in the water than tap water does. It may be convenient, but taking five seconds to fill our own water container not only saves us from drinking chemicals, it also decreases the impact on the environment. Currently well over 1 million drinking water bottles DAILY are filling up our municipal garbage piles.
My town of 10,000 people ships its garbage to Price, Utah, two hours away, because our landfills are full. One of the biggest-impact and lowest-sacrifice things we can do to ameliorate that situation is to SWEAR OFF BOTTLED WATER.
The best thing to put your green smoothie in is a simple canning jar. No leaching of anything. The only bad thing is that you have to be careful not to break it.