Since getting involved with Enagic Kangen Water I have become more environmentally conscious as to the dangers to the world of plastic and the dangers of losing our natural resource through the craze for bottled water over the normal municipal provision. 1500 water bottle are consumed every second in the U.S. alone! So lots to consider and much of the bottled water that is sold is just recycled municipal provision anyway!
In this article, I just provide 5 points for your to consider when choosing to drink bottled water from plastic.
There is a huge issue in regard to the production and waste generated from the consumption of water from plastic bottles. Each bottle is made from a petroleum product known as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which requires huge amounts of fossil fuels to both make and transport them. If you fill a plastic bottle with liquid so that it is 25% full, that’s roughly how much oil it took to make the bottle. For a single-use disposable item, that’s a lot.
It’s harder to recycle plastic bottles than you think. Of the mass numbers of plastic bottles consumed throughout the world, most of them are not recycled because only certain types of plastic bottles can be recycled by certain municipalities. They either end up lying stagnant in landfills, leaching dangerous chemicals into the ground, or they infiltrate our streets and landscape as litter.
There Is Danger In The Plastic For Our Health
Many plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make the plastic hard and clear. BPA is an endocrine disruptor which has been proven to be hazardous to human health. It has been strongly linked to a host of health problems including certain types of cancer, neurological difficulties, early puberty in girls, reduced fertility in women, premature labour, and defects in newborn babies – to name a few examples. BPA enters the human body through exposure to plastics such as bottled drinks and cleaning products. It has been found in significant amounts in at-risk groups such as pregnant women’s placentas and growing foetuses. A study conducted last year found that 96% of women in the U.S have BPA in their bodies.
Wildlife Are Effected By Plastic Waste
The lack of care by humans in waste disposal and the huge costs of recycling plastic mean that huge amounts of plastic bottles and plastic waste often end up in the ocean and in the stomachs of a variety of animal species that mistake them for food. One albatross that was recently found dead on a Hawaiian island had a stomach full of 119 bottle caps.Marine life falls prey to this problem on a daily basis. A sperm whale was found dead on a North American beach recently with a plastic gallon bottle which had gummed up its small intestine. The animal’s body was full of plastic material including other plastic bottles, bottle caps and plastic bags.
The Multi National Companies Are Putting Pressure On Our Natural Water Supply
In addition to the strains bottled water puts on our ecosystem through its production and transport, the rapid growth in this industry means that water extraction is concentrated in communities where bottling plants are located. For example, water shortages near beverage bottling plants have been reported in Texas and in the Great Lakes region of North America. Farmers, fishers, and others who depend on water for their livelihoods suffer from the concentrated water extraction when water tables drop quickly. Studies show that consumers associate bottled water with healthy living. But bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. In fact, roughly 40 percent of bottled water begins as tap water; often the only difference is added minerals that have no marked health benefit. The French Senate even advises people who drink bottled mineral water to change brands frequently because the added minerals are helpful in small amounts but may be dangerous in higher doses. source http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/
$100 Billion Would Treat Water For the World
There is no question that clean, affordable drinking water is essential to the health of our global community. But bottled water is not the answer in the developed world, nor does it solve problems for the 1.1 billion people who lack a secure water supply. Improving and expanding existing water treatment and sanitation systems is more likely to provide safe and sustainable sources of water over the long term. In villages, rainwater harvesting and digging new wells can create more affordable sources of water. The United Nations Millennium Development Goal for environmental sustainability calls for halving the proportion of people lacking sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015. Meeting this goal would require doubling the $15 billion a year that the world currently spends on water supply and sanitation. While this amount may seem large, it pales in comparison to the estimated $100 billion spent each year on bottled water. http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/
Now I am not an expert on this subject by any means. However, to my mind it just makes sense to make the most of our tap water. Converting our tap water by reducing the amount of chemicals through filtration to make it healthier and more palatable just makes sense in regard to our personal health and the environment. This would reduce the effect of plastic on our world and save the natural resources for our planet for many years to come.
The Chief Executive Officer of Nestle was recently quoted as saying that “Access to water should not be a public right”! Whilst there is some dispute on the context of this statement, it does give us some pause for thought. Do we really need to be beholden to these multinationals when we can just use improve our purified tap water rather than buy it from Coca Cola which has simply done the same and bottled it for the gullible?
Now, you understand, my business is all about improving tap water through marketing our Enagic Kangen Water Ionisers. So you will probably say I am motivated by that. Well, yes, I write this article because I have an interest in water, but that interest has made me more aware of the completely unnecessary use of bottled water, when we can produce a better product in our home via a good filtration or ionising system.
Our Kangen Water machines are not filters. They have a filter in them to clear out the chemicals from our tap water before the water is restructured via electrolysis, but that is another subject. Kangen Water is much improved by ionisation than simply filtering water, it is an anti-oxidant, is alkalized and is micro-clustered for superior hydration, but no, I just want you to consider what impact our environment has, every time we purchase a plastic bottled product – whether that be sugary drinks or water. Especially when these products simply offer no benefit to our health than drinking tap water.