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For ages we've been told that to be healthy and maintain our strength, we should drink 8 glasses of liquids per day. Though, nobody has ever answered the question of how big, or small, THAT glass should be.
I instinctly settled into drinking 64 ounces of liquid per day. But, sadly, those 64 ounces were primarily sugary juices and soda. There were days in which I would drink six sodas a day! - mostly at work.
A time came in which I realized I was selecting those drinks because the vending machines only offered that - sugary juices and soda.
A bigger reason was that finding great-tasting tap water and a clean glass/cup to drink it from at work was out of the question.
Let's face it, in order for us to drink tap water we need a cup, unless we drink the water straight from the faucet.
So, we either find a glass/plastic cup which after drinking from we have to wash (thus using water and energy (if you wash it in hot water)and soap) - OR we find a styrofoam/plastic cup which we then toss in the garbage and it ends at the landfields.
For many people it is very cumbersome to carry around a glass or plastic cup to grab water from the faucet whenever thirst strikes.
Another point is that the taste from faucet water varies, depending on the plumbing and the source. I've tasted water that tastes like urine (the local zoo), or dead fish (amusement parks in Orlando.) Luckily our faucet water falls in between. Still, the water from the bottles are better-tasting and look cleaner than faucet water, specially since our city water has been found to have had bacteria, parasites, and traces of radioactive metals, in the past.
To me bottled water is more convenient, more hygenic, and better tasting.
Truly a great replacement for carbonated drinks and sugar-ladden juices and drinks.
I mean, if I weren't drinking bottled water, I would be drinking the sugary drinks, with the aluminum can or plastic bottles ending in the same place where the bottles from bottled-water end up.
So, I do not feel the bottling companies are fooling anyone. We know it's tap water. We hope it's filtered. And, we do not mind paying more for it than we pay for tap water.
We do so knowingly and willfully.
So, I am for bottled water, but I recognize that the empty bottles are clogging landfields across the nation and something has to be done about that.
So, I have a solution.
Do like chinese food restaurants did decades ago. Make a water "bottle" that is like the juice boxes. That means a box made of very thin plastic inside and paper on the outside.
This type of container biodegrades in a short amount of time, so hopefully then people will stop whining about the bottled water.