The Effects Bottled Water Has on Our Environment

Plastic Bottles & Ocean Pollution

In a recent article put out by The Guardian has explained that buying bottled water could result in a 3,500 times higher cost of resource extraction than if people drank tap water. That is a huge number that can easily be fixed by the actions of others. This research was done by Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) where they found that bottled water could cost up to $83.9 million dollars in resource extraction. One of the main problems in the past was that tap water was said to be unhealthy and cause bladder cancer. But researchers have said,

“Yes, strictly speaking, drinking tap water is worse for local health, but when you weigh both, what you gain from drinking bottled water is minimal.” 

The Guardian

Ideas have been brought up to help raise awareness for cutting down on bottled water. One of the best ideas is to hold educational campaigns that helps people understand the truth on plastic pollution and to turn to tap water instead. Another great idea is having easier access to public water. These are great alternatives to bottled water and allow for a more open and eco-friendly way of consuming water.

I believe that these ideas should be implemented in cities all around the world and must more educational campaigns to teach the public how bottled water can affect our environment. In the future, I hope to see more places taking on these solutions and help spread awareness on this global issue.

Published by Colin Cuff

Hi I'm Colin Cuff. I'm a Junior at La Canada High School. I'm focused on cleaning up our oceans and making the Earth a more livable place for future generations.

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