Americans bought over 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water in 2011. While the containers are recyclable, they use valuable oil to produce and require more energy to recycle. And many bottles still end up in the trash, like in this photo. (photo source: flic.kr/p/7efCQE)As you are surely aware, drinking plenty of water is vital to your health. Our bodies are made up of almost 60% water. Without water, the human body will shut down after just 3-4 days.
Thanks to the bottled water industry, we are constantly inundated with a barrage of messages promoting their product as the healthiest, freshest way to obtain this vital liquid. And we are listening. In 2011, Americans bought 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water, or over 29 gallons per person. (source: shor-tn.us/mm-bottledwaternumbers)
But is this really the best solution?
Here are some facts about bottled water that may shock you: