We've been hearing a lot about
the August, 1 Opinion piece in the NYT, "In Praise of Tap Water
" (it's currently the #1 most emailed story on their site).
And we finally got a chance to read it.
It's a very quick read, filled to the brim with good facts:
If you choose to get your recommended eight glasses a day from bottled water, you could spend up to $1,400 annually. The same amount of tap water would cost about 49 cents.
The Earth Policy Institute in Washington has estimated that it takes about 1.5 million barrels of oil to make the water bottles Americans use each year. That could fuel 100,000 cars a year instead. And, only about 23 percent of those bottles are recycled ...
We've been (mainly) drinking tap water for as long as we can remember, but we understand the bottled water pull: it's omnipresent. There's bottled water in the office, at our friends' houses, at our parents' houses (no matter how often we try to sell them on using a Brita), at the convenience store.
We're thirsty ... and there it is.
This article is a good reminder for all of us. We're refilling our glass right now!
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