What is the solution? I tend to buy bottled water when I travel, but when I can I bring my stainless steel containers and fill from a gallon of bottled water. I don’t drink from the tap despite the testing. Ours damages our water faucets over time so why would I drink that? We have spring water delivered once a month to our home. I’m curious about others thoughts on this subject.
I have always struggled with the issue of bottled water; my views of the issue change regularly. I don’t have a definitive solution or answer to the issue, just a lot of ideas. There’s been a lot of research done recently on the water drinking habits of Canadians.
First, I think it is important to separate the issue into two parts — the package (the plastic bottle), and the product (the actual water). Understandably, most people reject the notion of water — a basic human right — being considered a product, but just bear with me.
The vast majority of bottled water is sold in plastic bottles #1 PET (polyethylene terephthalate). Plastic bottles #1 is one of the easiest items to recycle, with a large percentage being recycled into polyester fabric material. These bottles are accepted in Halton’s Blue Box program.
From a recycling perspective, there is no…
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