The proliferation of bottled water has been one of the biggest consumer based ecological disasters in history and we need to change.
We KNOW the effect that bottled water is having on the planet. We know that a plastic bottle of water is going to be around on the planet for something like 450 years. We know that the oceans are choking with our plastic refuse, and we know that even recycling fails to address the kind of damage that our selfishness is doing to the world around us. There are people who need bottled water to survive, particularly refugees, people rescued from disasters, and people who don't have access to clean drinking water, but the office drone who has access to filtered water and still grabs the 12 pack that they go through in a week.
A brutal op-ed in InsideHook has called out this behavior. There's going to be an increase in bottled water consumption in the future. Bottled water is the number one consumed beverage and thse numbers are going to go up.
I’m going to ask for two favors. First, think about the last time you drank bottled water.
Were you drinking Smartwater to quench your thirst on a run (or on the red carpet) à la Jennifer Aniston? Are you subliminally drinking Fiji after the Golden Globes or have you hopped on the alkaline trend? Or are you like my coworker across the hall who 10 minutes ago walked into our office kitchen past the cupboard with glasses, past the water filtration system and to the refrigerator and grabbed a bottle of Poland Spring? Whatever it was, think about that bottle of water.
The second favor: Make that the last one you ever drink. At least, make it the last bottled water you drink casually. Because for a lot of people, there is absolutely no excuse to drink water out of single-use plastic bottles on a regular basis.
It's not a hard thing to ask. If you have access to clean water, drink that instead. It's causing harm and its not sustainable.