Advantages And Disadvantages Of Bottled Water

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Do you prefer drinking filtered tap water or bottled water? Clearly, the answer is obvious, bottled water. Nowadays, people see bottled water as a necessity, even though bottled water did not exist decades ago. In simpler terms, bottled water is drinking water packed in a plastic container. It is an excellent beverage choice for hydration and refreshment because of its quality, taste, and convenience. Hence, drinking out of a water bottle has become the standard drinking source for most people. Water is life-sustaining, so many of us would think that drinking water out of a bottle is harmless. Regrettably, people are wrong about a water bottle being harmless. In fact, there are more drawbacks to a water bottle than we think we know. According to Oxford Dictionary, plastic is a “synthetic material made from a range of organic polymers such as polyethylene, PVC, nylon, etc., that can be molded into shape while soft, and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form” (Oxford). There are traces of harmful chemicals, such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), found in plastic bottles. Also, bottled water is not only way more expensive than tap water, but it has the same water quality as tap water. In other words, people are simply paying for the brand name and not for the quality of water. Besides, bottled water is often no healthier than tap water. Although bottled water is beneficial to the society, it should be banned because it can cause damage to the environment (1), pose health problems (2), and can negatively affect marine animals’ food source and health (3). Originally, plastic bottles do not just vanish into thin air. It is the fact that people do not recycle, so most plastic bottles end up in landfills, streets, and oceans. As a result, dangerous chemicals end up leaching into our environment. According to Malorie Macklin, a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. in Environmental Biology as well as Antioch University Seattle with an M.A. in Environment and Community, only one in five of plastic bottles actually end up recycled in the United States, while the rest that is not recycled may take over 1000 years to break down in the environment (Macklin). The reason for this issue is
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