In my opinion, the portable Brita Filtering water bottle might be one of the best inventions for college students. You can take them everywhere, without having to worry about where you can get a refill of clean water. Because the filter comes right in the bottle, you can fill them up pretty much anywhere. You won’t have to worry about buying new bottled water every time thirst hits! Brita explains how you can save money…AND the planet:
Why is bottled water waste a concern?
- In spite of having easy access to clean water, the United States is the world’s largest bottled water consumer.1 In 2008, the U.S. used enough plastic water bottles to stretch around the Earth more than 190 times.
- It takes 2,000 times more energy to produce a bottle of water than it does to produce tap water.
- Many people intend to recycle disposable water bottles; however, 69% of bottled water containers end up in the trash and not in a recycling container.
How can a Brita bottle help you save money and Mother Nature?
- One Brita pitcher filter can effectively replace as many as 300 standard 16.9-ounce bottles. So you can get great-tasting water without so much waste. Talk about refreshing.
- The average Brita pitcher filters 240 gallons of water a year for about 19 cents a day.4 Put in perspective, to get the same amount of water from bottled water would require 1,818 16.9-ounce water bottles a year.5
- For about $10 each, you can purchase a 16-ounce or 32-ounce Nalgene bottle, saving you hundreds of dollars a year on bottled water.
- Hydration at its best — carry the water you need and reduce your impact on the environment — one Nalgene bottle can last for years, making it easy to stop buying single-serve bottled water to fulfill your everyday hydration needs.
Is bottled water really that clean?
Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, told The New York Times that “there is no reason to believe that bottled water is safer than tap water.”
In the U.S., public water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requires multiple daily tests for bacteria and makes results available to the public. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates bottled water, only requires weekly testing and does not share its findings with the EPA or the public.
Would you rather buy water bottles or just buy a Brita water bottle?
Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus