There are many places where a healthy lifestyle and an eco-friendly lifestyle intersect, but who knew one of them was at a pitcher of tap water in your fridge? Though many health enthusiasts are rarely without their favorite bottled water, a 4-year study by the Natural Resources Defense Council concluded that bottled water isn’t necessarily any cleaner or safer than the free water that comes from our taps. In fact, some bottled water is nothing but tap water in fancy packaging. The bottom line? Drinking from a chilled pitcher of water instead of bottles has several health, financial and environmental benefits.
Here’s to your health
When an uncovered pitcher of water sits for a while, the chlorine that’s used to process drinking water at the filtration center has a chance to evaporate. This means tastier and healthier water for you.
Keeping cool water on-hand will encourage you and your family to skip the sugary drinks and reach for water when thirst hits. Even if you’ve got a refrigerator water filter, keep a pitcher of that filtered water in your fridge, and add slices of citrus fruit, cucumber, cantaloupe or fresh mint leaves, to make it more appealing to kids and other members of your family who typically prefer soda. It’s often said that we eat (and drink) first with our eyes, so dressing-up water just makes it more appetizing.
Here’s to your wallet
According to the Earth Policy Institute, bottled water can be up to 10,000 times more expensive than tap water. Transporting, packaging and advertising all drive up the cost of bottled water. Depending on your use, forgoing bottled water can save your family hundreds of dollars a year.
But eliminating the bottle isn’t the only way to save. That cold pitcher of water will actually help cool the internal temperature of your refrigerator and decrease the amount of energy that’s needed to keep the appliance at optimal temperature.
And here’s to the Earth
The bottles manufactured for U.S. consumers alone require about 1.5 million barrels of oil each year. And more than 80 percent of those bottles end up in already crowded landfills, even though they could be recycled.
Eliminating or even reducing our use of bottled water could have a significant positive impact on the environment. Few actions as simple as placing a pitcher of tap water in the refrigerator have so many positive benefits. It can save you money, help the environment and encourage your family to drink water. There’s no arguing that bottled water is convenient, but you don’t have to give up that convenience in order to do a good thing. Just pour some of that delicious chilled cucumber water into a reusable water bottle and you’re ready to go!