Facts about bottled water that not everyone knows

There are things that bottled water manufacturers never want consumers to know.

Where does the water in the bottle come from?

Facts about bottled water that not everyone knows

According to Brightside , a lot of companies like to print pictures on the packaging, implying that the water you are buying comes from a beautiful and clear picturesque stream or waterfall. But the truth is that many times the bottled water you buy is actually just tap water put in a plastic bottle, identical to the water you get from your faucet at home. The only difference is the multi-million dollar marketing campaign behind it.

In fact, some water bottles are also marked on the body with microscopic text, saying that the water is taken from a regular faucet or water supply channel. Because companies are obligated to explain where their water comes from. That way, the cost to make the water you’re drinking, is far less than what you’re paying for it.

One report also found that nearly half of all bottled water actually comes from the tap, but could be further treated or tested for safety. Previously, some products like Coca-Cola’s Dasani, PepsiCo’s Aquafina or Nestle’s Pure Life were forced by US authorities to change their labels to accurately reflect this information.

In tests by the US-based Natural Resources Defense Council, about a third of bottled water samples showed some contamination, such as benzene, mold, kerosene, etc. tetrahydrofuran, disinfectant, styrene, choline, algae and glass particles. This means that bottled water is not pure or much safer than tap water. Many bottled waters have been recalled, despite marketing campaigns trying to make them appear natural, clean and pure.

It takes more water to make a plastic water bottle than they can hold

Facts about bottled water that not everyone knows

Ironically, it takes more water to produce a plastic bottle than it will contain. Specifically, it takes about 1.39 liters of water to produce a plastic bottle that can hold 1 liter of water, according to a report from the EPA ( US Environmental Protection Agency). Of course, less water is needed to produce a soft drink bottle, but still a lot on a large scale.

And another secret is that most plastic bottles are not made from recycled plastic. Although it is stated on the body of the bottle by the manufacturer that it is recyclable, most of the world’s leading beverage companies do not use recycled plastic to make new bottles. In fact, only 6.6% of these brands’ packaging is made from recycled materials and the rest is virgin plastic.

Also, a lot of water is wasted in the automatic bottling process. When water is filtered by bottling companies, the amount wasted is about nine times what is put in the bottle.

The production of plastic water bottles also generates millions of tons of CO2, contributing significantly to climate change. Not to mention most bottled water is transported by truck, rail or boat, which equates to a lot of fossil fuels being burned to move them.

The taste of bottled water is almost indistinguishable

Facts about bottled water that not everyone knows

Some people say they can distinguish the taste of bottled water from tap water, or between different types of bottled water. But this is really difficult.

As a result of many scientific experiments, most people cannot tell the difference between them. One of the latest studies, conducted by students at Boston University, found that one-third of the taste test participants were unable to correctly identify which was bottled water and which was not tap water.

Plastic bottles should not be reused

Facts about bottled water that not everyone knows

According to Brightside, some types of plastic water bottles can release dangerous chemicals, because like other plastic sources, the materials that make them are byproducts of crude oil. So pay attention to the special markings on the bottom of the bottle. Those are numbered triangles, which indicate what type of plastic was used.

A bottle labeled 1 (PET or PETE) uses plastic that is safe for single use only. When exposed to oxygen or high temperatures, including heat from the sun, these plastic bottles release harmful substances into the water. Users should also avoid bottles labeled 3 or 7 (PVC and PC) as they also release harmful chemicals, which can get into food and beverages. Even long-term exposure to this type of plastic bottle can lead to serious health problems.

Facts about bottled water that not everyone knows Plastic bottles with numbers 1,3,6,7 on the bottom of the bottle should not be reused.

Bottles made of polyethylene (No. 2 and 4) and polypropylene (No. 5 and PP) are suitable for many uses. They are relatively safe if you only store cold water and regularly disinfect it.

Bacteria and how to drink water properly

Facts about bottled water that not everyone knows

According to scientists, drinking water from a used plastic bottle is almost like going to lick the toilet bowl, a dog’s toy or even worse. Because the amount of bacteria in such bottles often exceeds the safe limit. We often create the perfect conditions for bacteria and microorganisms by opening the bottle cap with dirty hands, not washing it well enough, and keeping warm water in it.

So what to do after drinking water? Wash the bottle regularly with warm soapy water, vinegar, or antibacterial mouthwash.

Facts about bottled water that not everyone knows Drink water with a straw, if you think for your own health.

Also according to Brightside, even after washing the bottle thoroughly, we can still get food poisoning or even hepatitis A. Because studies show that most bacteria live on bottle necks, bottle caps, where that you cannot wash clean enough. The twist cap and slide stopper create the perfect conditions for germs to enter your stomach along with the water. To be safe, use a straw.

Bottled water doesn’t really make you healthy

According to Brightside , this is one of the quite common misconceptions about water. Bottled water companies want to attract new markets, including young people and sports people. So they advertise bottled water with different flavors added, claiming “it’s better for your health” than other sugary drinks.

In fact, sometimes this type of water can contain just as much sugar. In order not to be fooled by advertising, always check the information on the bottle label.

It takes 450 years for plastic bottles to decompose

Facts about bottled water that not everyone knows

Most plastics are generally thought to take between 70 and 450 years to fully biodegrade. But water bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (symbol PET) are not nearly biodegradable. This means they will break into smaller pieces, either on the ground or in the ocean and can eventually harm marine life.

The Greenpeace Foundation estimates that 12.7 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans, each year. It’s so common that about half of all sea turtles in the ocean now eat plastic. Because even a small piece can kill them. Plastic also enters the human food chain, in the form of microplastics, or microplastics.

How huge is the bottled water market?

Facts about bottled water that not everyone knows

The global consumption of bottled water has skyrocketed over the years. This market has grown from less than 0 billion in 2014 to nearly 0 billion in 2019. By 2021, it is projected to be worth 0 billion, after growing 10% annually.

According to the Guardian, every minute, 1 million plastic water bottles are bought around the world. That’s about 20,000 bottles per second. These staggering numbers are attributed to concerns about contaminated water in certain regions, rising average incomes and an increasing culture of mobility on a global scale.

Finally, it is an ironic fact that in 2014, the bottled water industry generated about billion in revenue. At the same time, it is estimated that the global water crisis will cost billion to solve. This means that, in theory, all the proceeds from bottled water could completely solve the global water crisis. Unfortunately, no one will.