Bottled Water vs. Tap Water Are you taking a risk with your drinking water?

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Bottled Water vs. Tap Water Are you taking a risk with your drinking water?

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It’s become more convenient than ever before to turn towards bottled water. In the U.S alone, the average resident has increased their consumption of bottled water from 27 gallons in 2009 to over 43 gallons in 2019 (International Bottled Water Association). With more and more consumers focusing on convenience over consumption, is grabbing a single-use plastic bottle really safer than tap water? 

The short answer? No. 

Unless you live in Flint, Michigan, or somewhere where your water supply is at risk of contamination, you are most likely wasting your money on bottled water. 

Both bottled and tap water industries are held up to specific safety standards in the U.S, with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulating bottled water and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) governing tap water. In many cases, tap water may actually be better for you than bottled water. 

With tap water, there is no risk of chemicals from the single-use plastic bottle leaking into your water over time. With tap water, you can actually benefit from some of the minerals in the water, like fluoride (helps strengthen your tooth enamel!) With tap water, you are doing your part to help clean up our planet. With tap water, you are part of the solution in eliminating single-use plastic from our society. 

If you’re still unsure about tap water, check out this Water Filter Guide that helps you look into the different water filters currently in the market. Who wants to do that research when the Environmental Work Group has already done it for you?  

Please note, there most certainly are situations where bottled water is the more appropriate choice. If the area you live in is recovering from a natural disaster or you have a compromised immune system, bottled water very well may be the better option for you. And that is okay. There are many other areas of your life you can cut back on single-use plastic.

Check out Ocean Blue Project’s online store and grab a new t-shirt, water bottle, bracelet…or just simply donate! $5 goes a long way and it can make a difference. Coming from one financially unstable person to another, we can all shelve out a few bucks to ensure a healthy future for our kids and our environment. 

What does that healthy future look like? In my mind, one that is free from microplastics that we so unknowingly dump into our oceans

What are microplastics? Short answer: broken down bits of plastic that either end up floating around in our oceans or worse…being consumed by animals that depend on the ocean for survival. Unfortunately, animals don’t know any better and can’t tell the difference between a teeny piece of plastic and a teeny fish for it’s next meal. They can’t win a fight against single-use plastic that’s broken down into microplastics and entered their food chain. But YOU can.  

You can cut back on single-use plastic in so many ways. Plastic is so interwoven into our lives, there’s almost a daily opportunity to avoid it and make a difference. 

Ask for your water without a plastic straw when you are out to eat at a restaurant. Ask for no plastic silverware in your takeout meal and use your actual silverware when you get home. Bring your own coffee to-go mug to Caribou or Starbucks and ask the barista to pour your drink in there instead of their single-use cups. 

Ask yourself what you can do to cut back on single-use plastic. Simply switching to tap water may just be the easy solution you didn’t even know you could implement into your life. 

Written by Samantha Haugen, your environmentally-conscious writer with a passion for reading, running, and giving all the animals out there some love (especially dogs). 


Check out Ocean Blue Project’s online store and grab a new t-shirt, water bottle, bracelet…or just simply donate! $5 goes a long way and it can make a difference. Coming from one financially unstable person to another, we can all shelve out a few bucks to ensure a healthy future for our kids and our environment. 

Tap Water vs Bottled Water Pros and Cons

What does that healthy future look like? In my mind, one that is free from microplastics that we so unknowingly dump into our oceans. 

What are microplastics? Short answer: broken down bits of plastic that either end up floating around in our oceans or worse…being consumed by animals that depend on the ocean for survival. Unfortunately, animals don’t know any better and can’t tell the difference between a teeny piece of plastic and a teeny fish for it’s next meal. They can’t win a fight against single-use plastic that’s broken down into microplastics and entered their food chain. But YOU can.  

You can cut back on single-use plastic in so many ways. Plastic is so interwoven into our lives, there’s almost a daily opportunity to avoid it and make a difference. 

Ask for your water without a plastic straw when you are out to eat at a restaurant. Ask for no plastic silverware in your takeout meal and use your actual silverware when you get home. Bring your own coffee to-go mug to Caribou or Starbucks and ask the barista to pour your drink in there instead of their single-use cups. 

Ask yourself what you can do to cut back on single-use plastic. Simply switching to tap water may just be the easy solution you didn’t even know you could implement into your life. 

Written by Samantha Haugen, your environmentally-conscious writer with a passion for reading, running, and giving all the animals out there some love (especially dogs).

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