Is it time to bring back the water fountain? Despite the cost and environmental impact of bottled water, plus health scares like the e.coli bottled water recall that happened earlier this year, Americans now drink 50 billion bottled waters each year, and eschew the tap–let alone the water fountain. This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency embarked on an ambitious campaign to invest in public water fountains and promote the benefits of drinking tap water. But can it work?
If the environmental impact of plastic water bottles, economic cost of buying bottled water, and health concerns about potentially toxic endocrine disruptors leaching into bottled water doesn’t get you to choose filtered tap water, maybe this will: Last week, 14 brands were recalled because of e.Coli contamination.
Plastic water bottles are so 2005. But in California, the environmental impact is exacerbated by the drought. Despite serious drought conditions, Nestle continues to bottle water in California–as much as 700 million gallons per year–and they don’t intend to stop. In the wake of Starbucks’ production halt on their Ethos brand, Nestle CEO Tim Brown went on record to say, “If I could increase [bottling], I would.”
Ready to rethink your water bottle? In previous posts, I’ve talked about the impact of bottled water on your health. But as cities like San Francisco move to ban plastic water bottle sales in public places, more and more consumers are considering the cost—both to their wallets, and to the environment: Plastic bottles require more than 17 million barrels of oil annually to make, enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year. Enter Retap reusable water bottles, which are designed to make drinking water from the tap safe, easy and convenient. I’ve got FIVE to give away!