Why I Quit Buying Bottled Water and Why You Should Too.

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You have heard about the thousands of miles of floating plastics, pollution and debris out in the middle of our oceans, right?  Well, we should be ashamed of ourselves.  We humans consume, consume, and consume.  We think little about the effects our actions have on the environment.  We act as though there are endless supplies of resources and that our waste will just magically disappear.  Well, I am here to tell you if you haven't already heard....You're wrong!  It is up to each one of us individually to make a difference.  Now I don't blame you individually.  I know many of us were raised to not even think twice about where our garbage goes.  We are happy putting it in the trash (or the recycling please), wheeling our carts out to the curbs each week, and never thinking twice about it.

I am begging you to stop this destructive lifestyle. 

One way to make a difference is to stop buying bottled water.  I know the convenience of Water-to-Go is nice but there are other ways that are much less wasteful.  Are you ready to hear how?

Step 1:  Invest in a water purifying system or don't.  Tap water may be acceptable to you.

                 I prefer not to have fluoride in my water as it is not utilized in its natural form but is rather an industrial waste by-product.  Yum, industrial waste...thanks (insert your city water company here).  You probably don't believe me but I encourage you to do your own research.   Flouride can effect brain development, lower your IQ, has possible links to thyroid conditions, can damage your immune system, can cause flourosis , can increase your risk of osteoporosis, and on and on.  Why do you think so many European countries have banned fluoridation in their water systems?  Do I smell corporate greed here in America?

Some reading material for you:

Toxic waste chemicals are disposed of by feeding to humans, then calling it fluoride.

50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation

         One of the few home water purifying systems that you can buy that removes fluoride from your tap water is Custom Pure.  It is a wonderful system!  I even have it hooked up to my refrigerator so my ice is fluoride-free too. Don't be fooled!  Systems like Brita or Pur do NOT remove fluoride.  The Custom Pure MB series also removes Lead, Arsenic, Chlorine, Nitrates, Sulfates, etc.


Step 2:  Buy a reusable drinking container.  I prefer My Sigg water bottle, as it doesn't leach chemicals into my water that could affect my hormones and health.  Another good choice is Kleen Kanteen.  Steer clear of plastics and aluminium containers.

More reading for you:

Plastic (Not) Fantastic: Food Containers Leach a Potentially Harmful Chemical

Step 3:  Fill water bottle and drink pure water often!

If you follow these three easy steps, you will begin to see that your recycling bin has a lot more room in it now. Congratulations....You are the change we need!!!!

For more tips check out Live Green NW


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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

Cool post and that looks like a cool bottle to have as well. The water industry is one heck of an evil monstrosity.

Oct 22, 2008 07:26 AM #1
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Great post!  It is a good reminder.  I buy the giant size bottled water and drink out of a glass, but I know I should look into a filter instead.  I apprecite the reminder.

Oct 22, 2008 07:34 AM #2
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Ashley, good post! I'd like to add the plastic bags we get at grocery stores as well. Fish get tangled in them, birds get them wrapped around their beaks. A reusable cloth bag that you carry with you to the store eliminates the need for the plastic bags.

Oct 22, 2008 07:43 AM #3
Pete Jalbert
The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. - Paia, HI

A lot of the bottle watered on the market is nothing more than bottled tapwater. The packaging is incredibly wasteful and the benefit is doubtful. Buying filters and schleping around your own bottle are great alternatives.

Oct 22, 2008 08:08 AM #4
-- Casey Brischle
Columbia Bank - Spokane, WA
Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional

You're exactly right Pete.  I actually saw a report in which some of the bottled water had MORE chemicals in it that normal tap water.

Oct 22, 2008 10:29 AM #5
Gloria and Jason Belmonte
Prudential Fox&Roach The Belmonte Group - Rising Sun, MD

I like your posts!!

Oct 25, 2008 01:52 AM #6
Heather Goodwin
Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission - Shreveport, LA
GoodWin Team Realty

Ashley, thank you for this post.  It is too easy to take the lazy way out and buy the bottles.  I'm going to look into the filtration you mentioned.

Oct 25, 2008 12:27 PM #7
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

We have a whole house water filtration system in our house, but we do still buy the bottles for convenience to go.  I also try to bring an extra bottle of water for my clients when we are out looking at homes.  House shopping makes people thirsty! I did just get a water bottle that I can refill.  Thanks for the reminder!

Oct 25, 2008 01:50 PM #8
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

we've had a water filtration system for over 10 years ! can you imagine the $avings!

awesome post Ashley



p.s. this year we started bringing re-usable grocery bags to the store too rather than accepting MORE plastic that will just clog up the world - just leave some in your car trunk -it's not that hard -our ancestors carried their goods from the market on their heads in baskets :)

Oct 25, 2008 02:07 PM #9
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

To stop buying bottled water is the best way to begin your recycling ways (sorry, cannot think of the right word). Whenever I come across people, friends, family members, who do not recycle I try to educate them on this subject. Plastic bottles and plastic bags are two easiest ways to start to change our bad habits.

Or if you have not made the decision to stop using these plastic items, please recycle them, it is so easy.

Back to your post...it is terrific. Great information posted with places to go to get more education. Thank you for writing it and sharing with us!

Oct 25, 2008 03:28 PM #10
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