At the national products expo this year, there were lots of bottled water companies that were doing new and different things. Bottled water realized that it was starting to fizzle out so some companies are trying to make their water more interesting with flavors or bubbles, while others are trying to make more eco friendly bottles. Aquamantra is piloting a biodegradable-compostable plastic water water. Keeper springs and BIOTA spring water also have PET and PLA bottles which are compostable and made from renewable resources.
The problem isn’t with the bottles themselves, they are made out of a certain kind of plastic, mostly PET (polyethylene terephthalate) that is 100% recyclable. One of the problems is get people to recycle them. The other major problem is supplying the raw material needed to make plastic bottles, that is the part that’s not eco friendly.
By the way, city tap waters are pure and regulated by the government to ensure standards are met. Bottled water don’t have the same standards, thus these might contain chemicals that are not approved in tap water.
I agree with what seppe said… I have a hard time considering any bottled water company eco-friendly. This is because not only is the product completely unnecessary in almost every case, but individuals can achieve the exact same benefits at home with a reusable glass or BPA-free plastic (preferably even post-consumer) bottle. If you feel it is necessary, you can buy a tap filter. Also, if you are really worried about your tap water, you should do some research to find out what harmful components are in it and then contact the city. In my opinion, all bottled water is is an unnecessary expense and tremendous producer of waste that is non-biodegradable. Check out the link below for a BPA-free, post consumer reusable water bottle that even has a filter on it!
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