Drowning in Worthless Plastic


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When you're walking on campus or sitting in class, what do you notice that almost every student in the vicinity has? If you said water bottles, you would be correct.  More and more people are drinking water, which I can't really complain about, because water IS still a healthy alternative to soda, coffee or...other beverages that could appear on college campuses.

What most people do not know is that they are wasting hundreds of dollars every week because they are paying for the exact same kind of water that they can get by turning on the faucet in the bathroom. 

I found this brilliant clip from Penn and Teller exposing the false claims made by water companies. There is some foul language in it, unfortunately, but because we're in college now, I'll assume you can handle it.

So will you continue to drink bottled water? Why or why not?

 


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I am from Philadelphia , the tap water is nasty and has a bad taste to . In some cases there has even been metal and other harsh things found in the water. I will not drink tap water because i can taste the diffrence in the taste of tap water and bottled water.There has'nt been enough research research to have me even to consider changing my mind.

I could not agree more with this article! Buying a bottled water for $1.50 is such a waste. It's a waste of money because there are regulations about how clean tap water must be. Also, attaching a brita filter to the faucet is an easy and inexpensive solution to 'funky' tasting tap water. I carry my aluminum water bottle with me everywhere I go. I've saved a lot of money by doing so, but I've also not polluted the landfills with plastic that is hard to decompose.

I both agree and disagree with your post. I agree in the sense that I am baffled as to why someone would spend money on bottled water. Most tap water is the free (public) water from local areas that big companies decided to start bottling for profit (smart move on their part, silly for us consumers). However if you survey a room of Penn Staters, most aren’t drinking Aquafina these days. You’ll see students toting around reusable water bottles (shout out to Camelback!) or Starbucks. Penn State makes it so convenient to have reusable water bottles because in many buildings on campus these new Hydration Stations have been installed right in the walls. They are filtered water stations that are designed around the shape and ease of filling a water bottle. In addition to the Hydration Stations, PSU has added water bottle refill stations to backs of water fountains around campus as well. What a great way to be blue, white, and now green!

I both agree and disagree with your post. I agree in the sense that I am baffled as to why someone would spend money on bottled water. Most tap water is the free (public) water from local areas that big companies decided to start bottling for profit (smart move on their part, silly for us consumers). However if you survey a room of Penn Staters, most aren’t drinking Aquafina these days. You’ll see students toting around reusable water bottles (shout out to Camelback!) or Starbucks. Penn State makes it so convenient to have reusable water bottles because in many buildings on campus these new Hydration Stations have been installed right in the walls. They are filtered water stations that are designed around the shape and ease of filling a water bottle. In addition to the Hydration Stations, PSU has added water bottle refill stations to backs of water fountains around campus as well. What a great way to be blue, white, and now green!

While I do agree that buying water instead of drinking it from a faucet is kind of ridiculous at Penn State, you have to remember that the water here is kept extremely clean compared to that of older homes, for example, where the water might become discolored from rust in the pipes. Also I've been in homes that use well water as their tap source and you have to let the water run for about 5 seconds until it's completely clear in appearance, which would make anybody think twice before drinking from there.

I've been using a water bottle with a built-in filter for about a year now, and while I'm not completely sure of how much it's filtering out, I do notice a difference in taste. Thinking purely in terms of money, it's ridiculous to think that so many people regularly pay for bottled water when they can purchase filtered bottles and pitchers. Yes, it's more money at first, but it'll pay off over time.

I found an article that was published in the LA Times back in 2008 that supports the Penn and Teller video about the "safety" of bottled water. While tap water may taste different or even look funky, the article says that that doesn't mean it's not safe to drink.
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/13/health/he-nutrition13

I've been using a water bottle with a built-in filter for about a year now, and while I'm not completely sure of how much it's filtering out, I do notice a difference in taste. Thinking purely in terms of money, it's ridiculous to think that so many people regularly pay for bottled water when they can purchase filtered bottles and pitchers. Yes, it's more money at first, but it'll pay off over time.

I found an article that was published in the LA Times back in 2008 that supports the Penn and Teller video about the "safety" of bottled water. While tap water may taste different or even look funky, the article says that that doesn't mean it's not safe to drink.
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/13/health/he-nutrition13

Personally, I feel like it is such a waste when people buy and use so many plastic water bottles. I understand that the bathroom in a dorm at college isn't an ideal place to fill up your water bottle and reuse it, but I've been using a BRITA water bottle lately and it's been working amazingly. It filters the water as you drink it so all you have to do is fill it up in the sink when you're done. Not only does it save money, but it also saves the environment. I think there would be a great difference in the environment if people started using these types of water bottles regularly. What do you think?

I like to recycle my plastic bottles when I buy them on campus, when I forget to bring my own bottle. When I do bring a bottle, I don't fill it up with tap water from my apartment, only because I think State College water tastes funny. I have a PUR filter that sits in my fridge and that filters the water. When I go through all that water, I'm glad that PSU now has those hydration stations in several buildings, so I don't have to keep buying water.

I do know that a few years ago, there was a study that said companies that bottle water (Aquafina and Dasani) just use a "jazzed up" tap water, and they've had to put that it isn't actually from a spring/glacier/whatever on the bottle.

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