More and more Australians today are drinking single-use bottled water. Those who are always on the go appreciate the convenience and accessibility of bottled water. They are spared from having to carry heavy water bottles around and the responsibility of having to refill these with water.
But did you know that the convenience and accessibility of single-use bottled water come at a cost?
Bottled water produces more waste
Single-use water bottles contribute to landfill. In fact, according to a 2010 report by Clean Up Australia, one in ten items found on Clean Up Australia Day were related to plastic bottled water. And these water bottles stay, well, almost forever: because it takes 1,000 years for plastic bottles to break down, they linger on in landfills and in water, oftentimes killing marine life.
It’s not only the usage of bottled water that hurts the environment. Its production, from start to finish, has tremendous impact on the environment. According to nonprofit eco organization Do Something, the process of producing and delivering a litre of bottled water emits a hundred times more greenhouse gases than the production and delivery of tap water.
From as far back as we remember, we’ve always had fluoride in our tap water. In Australia, which is one of many countries in the world with water fluoridation programs, more than 70% of the population have access to fluoridated drinking water. Even before drinking bottled water became a habit for many of us, fluoridation had already been a practice in Australia since December 1953, just two years after the United States implemented it. Tasmania and New South Wales were among the first areas to start putting fluoride in their water.
While other people have chosen bottled water, many of us, for years, continued to drink our recommended 8 glasses of water every day with the knowledge that fluoride in our water was good for us. Continue reading →
When it comes to exercising, all Australians want to get the most promising results before and after each workout, which is why most opt for drinking energy-boosting sports drinks. There is no question that water is the best source for everyday hydration, but when it comes to exercising – is it better than a sports drink? Continue reading →
The summer heat is approaching, which means that aside from wearing extra doses of deodorant, all Australians will need to start hydrating their bodies by drinking plenty of fresh water. Fresh water not only helps to keep the body cool in summer, but also helps to restore hydration that is lost through sweat glands. Continue reading →
With the large number of media articles, case studies and TV specials dedicated to the subject of healthy food alternatives, most Australians are well educated about how to eat properly, but do they know how to drink properly? The recommended two litres of water per day is not just an old wives’ tale; drinking plenty of fresh water daily not only keeps you hydrated but also helps to ward off a number of health problems.