Hard to imagine but only a few short years ago, bottled water was not available. Today, Americans buy a total of 8.8 billion gallons of bottled water a year. While it seems more convenient, advertising often misleads consumers into believing that bottled water is a cleaner and safer than tap water. However bottled water is less regulated than tap while over 90% of U.S. municipal water systems that provide tap water regularly meet or exceed the EPA’s regulatory and monitoring requirements.

So how can you kick the bottled water habit?

  1. If you get thirsty, head to the water fountain or bring a reusable water bottle with you.
  2. Keep a mug at your desk and bring it with you to the water cooler instead of using something disposable.
  3. Learn more and consider starting a water bottle campaign in your community.

1. Responsible Purchasing, Bottled Water
2. Corporate Accountability International


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