Fewer water bottles?

1 Feb 2011

Our new filtrete water station

The USEPA reports that bottled water is the fastest growing drink choice in the US because of its convenience, taste and some think it is safer that tap water. Lately, there’s been a bit of a backlash. Some assert that the petroleum used to make and transport water bottles is bad for the environment and GHG generation.  Others raise concerns about BPA in many bottles as a potential contaminant of the water.

So, when my 9 year old saw this Filtrete brand water station at the store, he said “Dad, we should buy this, it’ll be good for the environment.”  So far, so good.  The bottles are BPA free, are reusable (as long as we don’t lose them) and  dishwasher safe.   It has a (partially) recyclable carbon filter.  Now, if I can convince my family not to relegate it to the back of some cabinet…. 

It’s been reported that as much as 25% of the bottled water we buy is simply tap water and the bottle is merely a convenience. Bluntly, I’m hoping to spend a bit less on bottles.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Leave a Comment to “Fewer water bottles?”

  1. Joel Ungar 01. Feb, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    That 9 year old is one smart kid.

  2. Arthur Siegal 01. Feb, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Joel – either that or he’s on 3M’s payroll.

  3. Susie Tachna 05. Mar, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    My husband purged our kitchen of water bottles (only have those around for our sons to use at their various sports games) and most all plastic storage containers, replacing them with glass, for both health and environmental reasons. He’s on a mission.

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