live without bottled water

    Published: August 1, 2016

    How You Can Live the Rest of Your Life Without Buying Bottled Water

    Bottled water is everywhere these days—in convenience stores, restaurants, office fridges, and at public events. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry, consuming an unforgivable amount of energy and filling landfills with disposable plastic bottles. Many people realize this, but find the convenience and ubiquitous nature of bottled water makes them difficult to avoid.

    Actually, it’s very easy to avoid bottled water. In fact, with a few small lifestyle choices, you never need to twist the top off a disposable water bottle again. All it takes is a little planning.

    Step One: Filter Your Own Water

    Bottled water producers claim their product is safer than tap water. This is just that—a claim. In fact, bottled water is often of worse quality than tap water, at least in developed countries.

    In other words, most tap water’s just as safe, if not more so, than bottled water. however, as Flint, Michigan so starkly illustrates, contaminants can and do enter our pubic water supply.

    The solution is simple. Rather than assume bottled water is a safer choice, filter your own water. A Pelican Countertop Drinking Filter System installs easily, requires little maintenance, and reduces chlorine, chloramines, lead, cysts, THMs, and VOCs—all substances that could as easily be in bottled water as they can be in your tap water.

    Our countertop filter is also a good financial choice—after factory-direct savings the system retails for $84.00. In comparison, a single bottle of water costs, on average, $2.00 or more. If you’re drinking just one bottle of water a day you’ve made your money back in just over five weeks.

    Switch to Glass Table Bottles

    Now that you’ve got your filter installed, you need a container for your water. At home this is easy—you can just use glasses. If, however, you enjoy the feel of swigging a mouthful of water from a bottle, invest in some reusable glass table bottles.

    On the Go Options

    Glass bottles might be stylish, but they aren’t the safest choice for the gym, at work, or when you’re on the go. Fortunately, a wide range of reusable sports bottles and hydro flasks are available. The best are made of stainless steel or BPA-free plastic. Most are insulated to keep your drinking water nice and cold (a claim no disposable bottle can make). Flasks come in many different styles, and are inexpensive enough you can buy several and refrigerate them for when you need them.

    And that’s all there is to it. Make a habit of filling your flasks in advance, and you’ll have years of safer, cleaner filtered water without adding to the plastic in the environment—and without lining the bottle companies’ collective pockets.