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The Cost of Bottled H20

Posted by ramirault on Sep 9, 2009 9:39:39 AM

For the past 2 weeks I traveled around the amazing country of Ecuador.  This was my first time out of the United States since camping on a random beach just south of Tijuana, Mexico in 2004.  Ecuador, like most countries to our south, does not have a safe tap water system for foreign tourists.  So what this meant for us was 2 weeks of buying bottled water to quench our thirst and what an amazing amount of plastic and money we spent on it! 

 

Before traveling to Ecuador I tried to wrack my brain for the last time I purchased a bottle of water and I failed to remember.  Have no fear, I will not forget about how many bottles of water I purchased in Ecuador for a long time to come.  This experience was eye-opening for me since so many American's purchase 1,2 and sometimes 3 bottles of water on a daily basis.  The amount of plastic going into our landfills from these bottles must be enormous.  The benefits of a PUR water filter really hit home as well, not only for the great taste, but the savings on both hard earned $$$ and plastic going into our landfills.  Speaking of taste, I was blown away at the poor quality in taste of a lot of the bottled water we purchased in Ecuador.  When I arrived back at my house on Monday night I opened the fridge and poured myself a tall glass of ice cold PUR water and what a relief that was.

 

 

 

So the next time I travel abroad, I'll probably still be buying bottled water for safety reasons, but for those that buy bottled water daily, just think for a second on how much you could be saving yourself and the planet by using a PUR filter.  Maybe my next post will be some geeky financial information on the savings from using a PUR water filter in your home or office.

 

 

 

Cheers, Ryan

 

 

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