The Dangers Of Bottled Water

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One day, someone, somewhere decided tap water wasn't enough; so they put it in a bottle. Most people laughed at the idea of bottled water because water is almost free from the tap, why would someone pay for it? People laughed at the idea of bottled water and asked if bottled air would be for sale next. The plastic of the bottles litters the planet, there isn't a dramatic taste difference, bottled water is more expensive, and tap water is more closely monitored (“The Story”).

Plastic bottles are one of the most common litter issues. Plastic bottles litter the land and waters of Earth. More than half a billion bottles of water are purchased in the U.S. every week, this is enough to circle the globe five times. Oil is used to make plastic bottles and ship them across the world. Enough oil is used making plastic bottles each year to fuel one million cars. Then, eighty percent of the bottles end up in landfills where they sit for thousands of years. Some of the bottles we think are being recycled are actually just being shipped to other countries and thrown in their backyards (“The Story”). By reducing the amount of plastic bottles used, this would clean up our environment and preserve our Earth.

Many people may claim bottled water tastes better than tap water. Water can taste very different and some people may be more sensitive to the taste
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To put this into perspective, a gallon of water is eighty-nine cents more than a gallon of gasoline. With that fact stated it leads to the question; why doesn't anyone ever gripe about the price of bottled water (Bastasch)? Around the world, there are 2.6 billion people lacking sanitation and more than one billion people lack clean drinking water (Standage). Although, there are cities spending billions of dollars dealing with plastic bottles. This money could easily be used to better the world and provide clean drinking water for everyone (“The
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