Is bottled water really that bad? Yes

December 16th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  8 Comments

Check out the infographic here.

Folks, if you can drink your tap water, do so.

I’ve currently got a very stylish system of old glass milk bottles and tall jars for my water drinking habit. Fancy!


  1. Bethy says:

    December 16th, 2009at 9:31 am(#)

    Argh. We do bottled… unfortunately, our tap water often smells of either sewage or bleach. Disgusting. (It’s not well water, nor municipal; privately-held local company. Doesn’t return calls. :P )

    I miss good tap water. If nothing else, it’s cheaper.

    Is there good (read: reliable) information somewhere about specific brands of bottled water? I’ve looked before, but more often find “OMG BOTTLED WATER WILL KILL THE PLANET!!1″ or counterattack-style ad campaigns, which I’m not trusting.

  2. Liz says:

    December 16th, 2009at 11:39 am(#)

    I like to use Patron bottles to store my water. The square shape fits nicely in the fridge :)

  3. KK says:

    December 17th, 2009at 4:05 pm(#)

    I drink flavored bubbly H2Oh! water :/

  4. Olivia says:

    December 17th, 2009at 11:17 pm(#)

    Luckily I live in SF which has excellent quality tap water. I also have a filtered water tap and about 5 Klean Kanteen bottles. I’m covered!

  5. Lena Shore says:

    December 20th, 2009at 10:44 pm(#)

    We drink distilled water from the reusable big 5 gallon jugs – so no plastic bottles here. I’m in Florida. Our town just got voted Top 10 worst drinking water cities in the U.S. I think that gets me out of hot water, right? Although, I know we pay more for the water than the tap water.

  6. Linds says:

    December 21st, 2009at 3:20 pm(#)

    We use the Camelbak (BPA free of course) bottles and fill it with tap water/water from the purifier at work. Easy to take with you and monitor your water intake!

    We had a water distiller but it broke and we haven’t invested in another one just yet.

  7. Hanneke says:

    December 22nd, 2009at 4:09 pm(#)

    We have the most disgusting well water that you can imagine. However I refuse to buy bottled water so I bought this.

    It works and tastes great. I don’t work there…..

  8. Leela says:

    December 26th, 2009at 9:46 am(#)

    NYC has great tap water, or so they say. I filter it through a Brita, which is probably just cosmetic – it cuts the chlorine taste. And I use a Brita sport bottle with a little filter in it when working out or dancing. I determined that it saves me about $20/week when I’m regularly going to the gym and taking/teaching dance classes, not to mention the plastic. But the company stopped making them, which is really annoying. Even more annoying, when I emailed the company, their response was that the product didn’t make enough money. Yet they now try to position themselves as the sound environmental choice. Halfway, maybe. I ended up buying as many filter refills as I could on ebay.

    I think it’s worse in other parts of the world. In Egypt and Turkey, we could only drink bottled water, and there is no plastic recycling that we could see anywhere, in either place. In Turkey, we were told that the city (Istanbul, and then Kusadasi) just didn’t filter their municipal water supply. In Egypt, the locals can drink the water, but the visitors can’t. I resigned myself in both places to the fact that there is now a landfill in the Middle East with my name on it, because both places were extremely hot, and we were dancing many hours a day. But it made me so upset to continually throw away all that plastic!

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