5 Reasons Why A Reusable Bottle Is Better than Bottled Water

Those disposable plastic water bottles are easy. We get it. You can buy them virtually anywhere and they’re easy to grab and go. But is that accessibility and ease worth the downside? Yes, there is a downside. If you’re thinking the only disadvantage is these water bottles are overwhelming landfills, you’re on track but have a long way to go.

Bottled water has at least 5 concerning that you may not have considered.


1. Bottled Water Is Void of Essential Minerals

Bottled water is purified water. Purified water may make us feel better than there are fewer contaminants, but it also removes critical trace minerals our bodies need. If you eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains daily, you may be getting enough of these elements. But if your diet isn’t ideal and you rely on purified bottled water or tap water that goes through reverse osmosis, you may be at risk for mineral deficiencies.

The following list is not comprehensive, but are the most commonly considered essential trace elements, along with their impact on the body (taken from WebMD and the Texas Heart Institute).


Iron

Carries oxygen in the body and is needed for energy metabolism, collagen, elastin, and neurotransmitters

Zinc

Needed for making protein and genetic material. Also aids in taste perception, wound healing, normal fetal development, production of sperm, normal growth, eyesight, and immune system health.

Iodine

Helps regulate growth, development, and metabolism

Selenium

Antioxidant

Copper

Needed for metabolism, hemoglobin synthesis and function, and production of collagen, elastin, and neurotransmitters

Manganese

Part of many enzymes

Fluoride

Involved in the formation of bones and teeth

Chromium

Works closely with insulin to regulate blood sugar levels

Molybdenum

Part of some enzymes


When you use a refillable water bottle, you have more control over what type of water is in your bottle. You can use tap water that has not been purified, for instance. Don’t worry. Most U.S. tap water is purer than what you buy in those bottles anyway. If you do use purified water, you can add trace mineral drops (found online and in health food stores and pharmacies), add a pinch of

Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt. All of these sources contain up to 80 different trace minerals to your water.

2. Bottled Water Is Expensive

Depending on the brand and where you purchase, you can spend anywhere from $.20 to $3.00 or more for a bottle of water. The American Water Works Association reported that the average city’s tap water costs only $0.004 a gallon, less than 1/300 the cost of bottled.

If you’re picking up a disposable water bottle every now and again, you may not notice the cost difference much. But if you are drinking them throughout the day, that adds up to quite a chunk of change. Even if your bottle of water is just $1.00, if you’re drinking 3-4 of them a day, that’s more than $100 per month and nearly $1,500 per year!

Using a refillable water bottle is much more economical, even after the cost of the water bottle. In fact, a top-of-the-line smart water bottle costs less than three weeks of the cheapest disposable water bottles will cost you and can be used for years.


3. Plastic Water Bottles Are Bad for the Environment

We all know plastic isn’t good for our landfills, waterways, or environment. One report estimates there are 38 billion water bottles headed for our landfills and fewer than a quarter of those are recycled.

Perhaps even worse are how many plastic water bottles are ending up in our rivers and oceans. The Journal of Science published a report from a scientific working group at UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) that quantified the input of plastic waste from land into the ocean. It found that 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year and that number is expected to double by 2025.

Purchasing a reusable water bottle, preferably made of stainless steel or other non-plastic material, can make a huge difference in our environment. If everyone would commit to using reusable water bottles at least part of the time, we could make a huge impact on the future health of our land, oceans, and sea life.


Related: Shocking Facts about Bottled Water and What Consumers Are Doing about Them


4. Bottled Water Is Boring

Bottled water is boring. That’s why the manufacturers are pulling out all of the stops to make it taste better. They add flavors, fizz, and sweeteners to make it more palatable. Of course, you’re going to pay extra for that. They know we need water but crave some flavor. They know where there is demand, there is a market.

Who says you can’t add your own flavoring in a reusable water bottle? Instead of paying a premium for flavoring (often artificial), you can add your own to your water bottle. Adding citrus, fruits, fruit juices, flavor packets and other additions are not only cheaper than purchasing it but gives you infinitely more variety and flexibility.


5. Bottled Water Is Made of Plastics

We probably aren’t the first to tell you that plastics aren’t exactly “clean.” But did you know just how bad they really are? One study found that a single plastic water bottle contained 25,000 chemicals. You read that right, 25,000. Even worse, the researchers found that most of the bottled waters revealed interference with hormone receptors in the body, namely estrogen and testosterone. In fact, amounts as little as 0.1 ounces was found to inhibit estrogenic activity by 60 percent and androgenic activity by 90 percent. Tap water, on the other hand, showed NO activity on either form of receptor.

This is downright scary. Those “innocent” water bottles are causing real harm that we may not recognize for years. Fortunately, a simple decision to switch to stainless steel or other non-plastic water bottles solves much of the problem.

Staying hydrated is important and we applaud everyone who is taking hydration seriously. But the container you choose to drink from matters. If you’re trying to stay healthy and care about the environment, don’t sabotage your efforts by drinking from plastic. There are other options that don’t compromise your health or your social responsibility.

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