Bottled Water Is Expensive, Inconvenient & Toxic

by Optimum Nutrition Admin

Bottled water is no cleaner or safer than tap water.

Although it is generally accepted that tap water is unclean, most people do not realize that the vast majority of bottled water is also toxic. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) conducted a four year study of bottled water which showed that one-third of the bottled water tested contained levels of contamination that exceeded allowable limits under either state or bottled water industry standards. As absurd as the governments’ concept of clean water is, the bottled water industries’ standards can be even more dangerous. While there are a few bottled waters that test as relatively clean and energetically strong such as Fuji, Penta and Deer Park, they are still contaminated. Coupled with their high cost, this excludes bottled water as a viable source of beneficial hydration. However, if cost is not a concern, purifying natural source water found in some bottled water (and privately owned wells), with one of the systems discussed later in this article, is superior to purifying municipal water.

Here are few reasons to reconsider choosing bottled water as a primary source of drinking water:

  • Many bottled waters contain as many impurities as municipal water which for some companies, such as Coke and Pepsi (Dasani and Aquafina), is the very source of their water.
  • Dangerous toxins from the inexpensive plastic containers leach into its contents.
  • Purifying, bottling and shipping water requires vast resources which negatively impacts the environment and makes its per ounce cost the highest of all water sources.
  • Purchasing, transporting and storing bottled water is cumbersome and inconvenient which makes its use inconsistent.

If the impurities in the water were not bad enough, dangerous chemicals leaching from the plastic bottle can be added to the toxic mixture. Bisphenol A or BPA is an estrogen-mimicking chemical which interferes with hormone levels and cell signaling systems. It has been linked to a myriad of serious health problems including learning and behavioral disabilities, damaged immune system function, onset of early puberty, infertility, growth of uterine fibroids, decreased sperm count, prostate and breast cancer, diabetes and obesity. There are literally thousands of other potentially harmful chemicals leeching from plastic bottles including an endocrine-disrupting chemical known as DEHF. Using an advanced combination of bioassay work and high-resolution mass spectrometry, researchers have identified over 24,000 different chemicals present in tested water.

There are 50 billion water bottles consumed every year, nearly 30 billion of them in the United States alone. Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. According to Food and Water Watch, plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil annually to produce. Less than 20% of the total number of bottled waters purchased are recycled. Water bottles are made of completely recyclable plastics, but they do not biodegrade. Plastic bottles photodegrade which means they fragment over time. These bits of plastic pollute waterways and contaminate soil. According to the Ocean Conservatory, plastic bottles and bags are the most pervasive form of pollution found on beaches and in the oceans. It is estimated that every square mile of the ocean has over 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it. Ten percent of the plastic manufactured worldwide ends up in the ocean, the majority settling on the ocean floor or drifting in vast eddies of current-bound trash.


  1. martha March 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    That is a perfect picture to illustrated the subject of this article. I suspected bottled water was not as clean as it is portrayed, so I am glad to read these facts that confirmed my doubts.

  2. DMJ4390 April 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    This post is dead on target. I really can’t believe people are so gullible to think that the liquid in those crappy plastic bottles is actually clean water. Deep down we all know that most people will lie when the truth will do. Yet, when it comes to things we consume, we assume everyone is doing the right thing. Come on people, wake up!

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