Tap or bottled water? Whether we're on the go or stuck in one place for hours, we all need the answer to this question. Gold Water Group has one: it's tap, filtered and in a stainless steel reusable bottle. Here's why:
1) Bottled water isn't strictly regulated. Unlike municipal water utilities, bottled water companies are not required by law to publish safety test results of their water nor to disclose how their water is specifically treated or filtered.
2) Bottled water companies don't have to tell you exactly where the water comes from. Some bottlers advertise with images of pristine mountain streams, but the water they package is actually tap water.
3) Bottled water is more expensive. A store-bought bottle of water can cost many times what it would cost you to filter it at home and pour it into your own reusable steel bottle.
4) Bottled water generates plastic pollution. Up to 1.6 billion pounds of plastics from water bottles, food packaging and other consumer goods end up in oceans every year. The EPA estimates that six of 10 plastic water bottles are not recycled. The Plastic Pollution Coalition says that if all plastic water bottles discarded in the U.S. every week were lined up, they would encircle the planet five times.
5) Bottling water uses a lot of energy. It takes more than 17 million barrels of oil to produce all the plastic water bottles purchased in the U.S. a year.
Use a stainless steel bottle.
Plastic reusable water bottles marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 can contain chemicals like the synthetic estrogen bisphenol A or its substitute bisphenol S. Both chemicals have been linked to hormone disruption.
PET plastic water bottles, which have a recycle code 1, can contain dozen of chemical additives or byproducts that may leach into the water.
The FDA doesn't require manufacturers of plastics used in packaging for food and drink to disclose the chemicals in their products. These could include formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen and acetaldehyde, a probable human carcinogen.
Want to skip the bottled water but not sure how to filter your tap water? Gold Water Group has all the answers to your questions. Please call 1-844-750-GOLD (4653) for more information.