"Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing, producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy,"...Although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can end up costing 10,000 times more
I've been thinking this for a long long time, I'm glad a scientific institution have made this statement. Although, I'm sure that sentiment has been made a million times before.
I would like to point out, sometimes, when you are out in public, and your really thirsty, and there isn't a fountain near by, purchasing a bottle of water is appropriate. I think this should be a final resort, not the mass consumption of bottled water that currently happens. If you can pick up a bottle of water on the way out of your house, then you can fill up a refillable water bottle instead. If you are picky about your water, then buy a water filtration system, or get a water cooler with those refillable 20 gallon bottles.
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