Recently there was a very cute woman about my age (late 50s early 60s) selling these cool little covers for dishes. Think of them as fabric Saran Wrap. She’s used retro fabrics that were coated with beeswax and demonstrated how they bent, wrapped and gripped the edges of every container just like Saran Wrap! Pretty cute. Environmentally friendly. Reduces the exposure to more plastics, etc.
What intrigued me more than her product, however was our conversation. “My grown son has brain cancer. We’ve learned a lot about a lot of things. Including that toxins from plastic leach into everything. I never drink bottled water anymore. Especially if it’s been sitting in a hot car.”
Over the past several months, I’ve heard the “I don’t drink bottled water.” but have pretty much ignored that one. This conversation, made me look, and it’s a game changer for Bob and I. Like nearly everyone we know, we buy bottled water all the time! I quickly found a short Youtube video that Bob and I watched.
It was a WAKE-UP call. That night we agreed that we would stop drinking bottled water at home. After all, really, how hard is it to get a glass of water at the sink? To use a safe, stainless-steel “to-go” container when you’re on the road, etc. So much of it is just being aware that we’ve been sold a bill of goods for “convenience” that in the long run is hardly convenient for our health OR the environment! Not to mention our wallets. Here’s the 6-minute video:
The Story Behind Bottled Water
You can go to youtube and find many more. I’m going to our library this week to see if I can’t find a copy of the award-winning documentary called “Tapped”. I’ll let you know …. There’s a great deal of work to do to convince most people that drinking tap water is far preferable for our health, our environment and our wallets than drinking bottled water. It’s time to Re-think what we drink!”
10 Important Facts About Bottled Water:
1.) Only 1 in 5 plastic bottles are recycled.
2.) Americans consume over 8.6 biliion gallons of bottled water
3.) Most tap water is more heavily tested and regulated than bottled water
4.) Plastic water bottles can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose
5.) It requires 3 tunes the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it
6.) Bottled water costs over 1,000 times more than tap water
7.) Last year, the average American used 167 water bottles, but only recycled 38
8.) In many taste tests, tap water was preferred over bottled water
9.) The NRDC conducted a compared a four year study of 1,000 brands of bottled water. The results showed that one third of the bottled waters violated their own industry standards for water quality
10.) It take 17 million gallons of oil to produce plastic bottles yearly. This could fuel 1 million cars for a year/ What these facts don’t really talk about is how it affects our HEALTH. Is it a problem for us as well as the environment? I’ll learn more this week and let you know next week! In the meantime – we’ll continue to make the adjustment to drinking water from the sink.
And drinking the tea! It does a marvelous job of rinsing away all the nasty stuff in everything — including bottled water.
In a conversation with Dr. Miller, I asked him what kind of water we should use to make the tea and if tap water was “good enough.” He replied “YES! It is, and if it’s not, the tea will take care of that too — it will remove any harmful metals or chemicals.”
Sounds good to me. So for us, we’ll use bottled water only when necessary and know that we’ve got our bases covered
Thank you Dr. Miller!