The Quickest and Easiest Way to Save Money, Your Health, and the Environment

trishasaccount By trishasaccount, 21st Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If there is one easy way to save money--with a quick return on your investment--and the environment, it involves changing what you drink. Curious? Read on...

How Water Saves You Money...

I can only speak to the grocery trends in my current city, but where I live, bottled water tends to run roughly $4 per 24-bottle case. Not too shabby right? Well, it depends on how many you buy and how much you reuse the bottles. Assuming a general use-and-refill from the bottled water, and an average price of $15 for a 4-pack of 20-ounce reusable Rubbermaid bottles, you make back your investment in about a month. And then you save upwards of $16/month for the rest of the year ($175/year--$350+/year if you don't refill them at all). Yes, this assumes you replace the reusable bottles yearly, though you don't have to.

How Water Saves Your Health...

According to "The Facts About Water" from the Drinking Water Research Foundation, water provides the following health benefits:

1. Moistens tissues and protects organs
2. Regulates body temperature
3. Improves digestion, kidney, and liver function
4. Lubricates joints
5. Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells

As if these weren't enough, water uniquely provides other functions including lubricating the brain and improving sleep. Of course, energy drinks, sports drinks, and vitamin-infused juices may be claiming to give your body what it needs, but really all you have done is give your body something else--more difficult and calorie-loaded--to process. Save the money and the drama, a simple multivitamin and water will do the trick.

How Water Saves the Environment...

To show I mean no bias, I will pull all of my information from the International Bottled Water Association to detail the impact of bottled water on the environment.

First, as the IBWA correctly points out, all bottled water containers are 100% recyclable, and have the smallest carbon footprint of any "packaged drink" (i.e. soda, juices, and water). Now I know what you're thinking...I recycle all of my water bottles, so how is this wasteful? Well, according to their own website, in 2013, it was estimated that 1.39L of fresh water are required to produce just 1L of bottled water. Why the waste?

If you drink the recommended 64 oz. of water a day, you will go through approximately 4-20 oz. bottles (including what you do not drink from the last bottle). This translates to 1.6L of wasted water per day, or roughly 580L of wasted water per year! And that's just for one person. And anyone maintaining a passing knowledge of the current environmental crisis knows that fresh water is a precious commodity that we are running out of.

Secondly, what about the cost of producing the bottles themselves? If used more than 10 times, the environmental cost of packaging bottled water in your own reusable bottles will lower almost to the level of tap water; however, bottled water is packaged in containers only designed to be used for a week at most. The reusable water bottles (e.g. Brita, Rubbermaid, etc...) are designed to be refilled hundreds of times. This is what you want.

In conclusion...

...the choice is simple. If you save a little cash, boost your overall health, or benefit the global water crisis, just drink water. Plain. Simple. Tap water.

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Eco-Friendly, Landfills, Save Money, Save Money Easily, Save The Environment, Weight Loss Tips

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I'm a 32-year-old mother, teacher, nonprofit worker, partner, and all-around exhausted woman. But there's no sense in complaining when life is so much stinkin' fun.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Apr 2014 (#)

Bottled water, and pop, can contain bad chemicals from the plastic, you are right, tap water is best, and cheap too, as well as environmentally friendly

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Apr 2014 (#)

I agree with Mark...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st May 2014 (#)

Good points. I confess we still spend a lot of money on bottled water -- I put my initial on a bottle and refill it for about a week. But it's so much easier to grab and go with a cheap bottle, and with a preteen who tends to forget things, MUCH cheaper to forget or pitch (though we generally recycle) the single-use bottle than to forget or lose the bottle meant for re-use.
So with the caveat that many people have many different factors to weigh in to their budgets and decision making processes -- good job. Well written and researched. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd May 2014 (#)

Nice tips.

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