What Is the Price of Bottled Water?

Scientist and environmentalists have been warning for years about the cost to the planet of people buying individual plastic bottles of water and other single-use plastic items. The warnings have not seemed to have much effect.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, only a small amount of plastic was produced, but by the 1990s, plastic production had tripled. According to the United Nations, today we are producing about 300 tons of plastic waste every year.

So maybe it’s time to try another tack. If humans won’t consider the cost to the planet, maybe they will consider the cost to themselves. Maybe knowing how much money they can save by using a water filter rather than buying bottled water will help people change their behavior. And a website called Drinking Water Base can help. The website includes a calculator to help you figure out how much money you can save by using a water filter versus buying individual bottles of water.   It’s pretty cool, and easy to use. Give it a try.

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