Bottled water is a huge resource hog, from the plastic and shipping to the water itself. Not only is there the waste to consider, but many large bottled water companies fill those plastic bottles up at the expense of local water rights.
Taking back the tap is about more than reducing waste. It's about telling those large corporations that water is not a luxury item.
1. Bring Your Own
Whether you're on a road trip or out for the day, bringing your own, reusable water bottle ensures that you'll be able to stay hydrated. Most gas stations and fast food joints will let you fill up your bottle at their soda fountains. Just ask really nicely.
Heck, you don't even need a fancy pants store bought bottle. Take a page from No Impact Man and get yourself an ultra cool, reusable water bottle for free!
2. Don't Believe the Hype
Bottled water makers are getting a little desperate to sell you that blue gold. Don't let their clever marketing fool you! Nestle's "eco-shape" bottle is a great example of this sort of marketing. Sure, the bottle uses less plastic, but that doesn't change Nestle's track record for trampling on water rights to obtain the water inside.
3. Go Filtered
One of the big pro-bottled water arguments is that tap water isn't clean. If you're worried about drinking contaminated water, you might consider a reusable bottle with a built in filter.
4. Take the Pledge
Sometimes, just committing to something officially can help you stick with it. Over at Food & Water Watch, you can pledge to ditch bottled water and help take back the tap.
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