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Buying bottled water – the low down

Did you know that every single piece of plastic ever made still exists today?

I have just been researching bottled water that you buy in supermarkets and checking product review. Not many people are happy with Coles and Woolies bottled water and I am shocked to read that some people buy bottled water to feed their plants!? I understand that in some towns around Australia the water doesn’t taste great so you do need an alternative, but there are other options. A water filtration system is great. You can get filters attached directly to your tap or use a filter jug. I can attest to Brita jugs working great as we used one right around Australia and it made the worst water drinkable.

I’ve done the sums on buying bottled water for a year. If buying the relatively cheap supermarket water (if you can call $9 for a 24 pack of Woolworths ‘spring water’ cheap) equates to $137 a year for 1 person to have 1 bottle a day. Although you should really have 3 litres of water a day. That would be around $410 for 1 adult for a year of bottled water. That is if you buy the cheap one, which by the way comes from which spring? I challenge you to find out !

Some supermarkets and convenience stores stock brands that describe themselves as “purified” or “organic” but in fact just contain tap water packaged in a plastic bottle with a pretty picture.

Nature’s Best Organic owner Warren Peffer said his bottled water, sold in Franklins for up to $2.50 a bottle, does not claim to be “spring water” and does come from the tap and that the cost is just for the packaging.

“Active Organic” water also uses filtered tap water. Anything can be labelled “organic” and sound fancy can’t it 🤣. They say their tap water has been filtered so that it is “ultra pure”. Sydney water is safe to drink without filtering as it has one of the worlds most advanced filtration systems.

“Refresh Pure Water” is actually just bottled rainwater, boiled for sterilisation. You might as well get a bucket and capture some water in your backyard if you are going down this route.

With around 373 million plastic water bottles ending up as waste each year in Australia, this is enough reason to make the switch today to give up plastic bottles for good.

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