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July 13, 2020

Water Benefits Health News, Issue #73

July 13, 2020

Hello Water Friend,

As most of you may already know, it takes over 300 years for plastic to degrade. Over 1.5 billion tons of plastic water bottles alone end up in U.S. landfills each year.

As the plastic starts to break down, it is ingested by marine organisms as well as many other aquatic creatures and wreaks havoc on the ecosystem.

In the past 50 years or so, plastic has become the preferred material for just about everything—from water bottles to straws to plastic bags and food packaging.

Plastic-Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people reduce plastic waste so that we can have cleaner oceans and communities.

On the Plastic Free July website, you can take a pledge to reduce plastic use for a day, a week, the entire month, or forever. This site is full of tips for getting started on reducing plastic waste.

You can also be part of the solution in a few different ways, such as avoiding single-use plastic or going after the Big Four: (1) plastic water bottles, (2) plastic bags, (3) straws, and (4) coffee cups.

Our feature article in this issue is “Bottled Water Facts – A Summary of Key Points.”

I am hoping that if you currently purchase bottled drinking water, you might consider investing in a drinking water system to reduce plastic waste AND save money!

Bottled water purchased in stores ranges between $1.00 and $3.00 per gallon. If you estimate how many gallons of water you use in a week and multiply it by 52 weeks, I am sure you will understand how a good-quality $100 countertop drinking water filter could save you a lot of money.

I encourage you to check out the Plastic Free July website and find out how you and your family can make simple changes to your consumer choices to reduce plastic pollution.

To a cleaner environment!

Nancy Hearn, CNC

Feature Article

Bottled Water Facts – A Summary of Key Points

I have selected the following bottled water facts that have been meaningful to me. If you come across other facts about bottled water that are relevant, please share them below.

Bottled Water Fact #1: Safety

• In general, bottled water is considered safe to drink in the U.S.

• Some bottled water is not tested for radioactive, chemical or biological contaminants.

• There are no federal filtration or disinfection requirements for bottled water. The task is assigned to the states, most of which have inadequate programs.

• Bottled water companies are not required to have their water tested by government-certified labs, whereas tap water is.

Read more here . . .

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Nancy Hearn is a certified health and nutrition consultant, hydration specialist, fitness advisor, and freelance web writer. She is the author of and has published numerous health articles and eBooks.

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