The Bottled Water Problem

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The Bottled Water Problem Introduction Most of Americans today prefer drinking from bottled water other than regular tap water. Bottled water is definitely more efficient and more reliable than tap water in many ways because it is easy to carry around. The problem with bottled water is that even though it is very easy to carry around, it is also very easy to dispose of. According to the International Bottled Water Association, the consumption increased 4.1 percent in 2011 alone. Furthermore, a report by the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) says that the consumption of bottled water doubled worldwide between 1999 and 2004. People throw away the bottled water so easily and the plastic that it is made of has many chemicals that can hurt the environment. The Bottled Water: Friend or Foe article says “Bottled water also damages the environment because the bottles become unnecessary garbage and require large quantities of energy to be produced.” There is two types of chemicals that are harmful, phthalates and biphenyl-A, they are mainly used to make the plastic flexible. Bottled water is damaging to the environment, has many health risks, and is a waste of fossil fuels that can be used for something else more important than just making simple bottles to contain water. Chemicals in Bottled Water The United States health department is always looking for ways to improve health across the nations for the citizens to have healthier lives. Many medicines and treatments have been
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