Check out this great graphic from the Huffington Post on bottled water:
I have a bit of a confession to make. I drink bottled water all the time. It’s just so darn convenient. I’m drinking a bottle of water as I type this post.
Whenever I’m thirsty, or I have to take some water with me to go play sports, it’s just so easy to grab a bottle or two out of the fridge. I don’t have to worry about filling up a water bottle or washing that water bottle. (Aside: how often would one wash their water bottle? Daily? Weekly? I don’t know.)
Marketers have also done a great job convincing us that bottled water is somewhat healthier. This is, of course, hogwash. As the graphic states, many brands of bottled water are simply tap water. An inexpensive filter can turn bad tasting tap water into water that is as comparatively tasteless as bottled. These filters only cost about $10 and can be used for months. Buying a filter is easily the frugal choice.
When faced with a frugal choice, many people take the path that’s more convenient. The convenience of bottled water is its main drawing point. Thanks to retailers like Walmart and Costco, the cost to buy a case of bottled water has plummeted in recent years. Because of this, the price of convenience has become affordable for just about every consumer, myself included.
Bottled water isn’t about health benefits, it’s about laziness. If you make a product easier to consume and people want it, you’ll sell more. While I’d like to see more of the bottles recycled, the bottled water craze isn’t going away anytime soon.