Here’s Why Bottled Water Is Worse For You (and the Planet) Than You Ever Realized

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The drink first rose to fame in the 1800s when cities located near springs would bottle and sell their water as having “magical” properties. That might sound ridiculous, but as you’re about to see, companies are STILL making ridiculous claims about how good their bottled water is.

America is far and away the biggest consumer of the stuff.

That’s more than the average consumption of milk and beer combined.

It’s changing the beverage landscape, but not always in a good, as you’ll see.


As a result, what was once considered artisanal and pure is now produced as cheaply as possible, suggesting that maybe bottled water isn’t all THAT different than tap water.

And in 2007, Aquafina and Pure Life were ordered to state this on their bottles to keep people from being misled.



If you’re among those unlucky few, bottled water may be the only practical alternative.

Beverage companies are making the most of this trend with pricey bottled water that makes people feel good, and is plenty convenient, but could actually do more harm than good.

One test of Boston-area college students found only 30% could identify the tap water in a blind taste test.

In 2007, between thirty and fifty million barrels of oil were used just to make the packaging for the water.

Drinking bottled water is FAR more wasteful than consuming tap water.

Not really. Only one in six bottles ever gets recycled.

It’s far more wasteful to produce, and in many instances, it’s no better for you or better-tasting than the tap stuff. In fact, it’s often worse.