So hitting the headlines lately is what damage plastic waste is actually causing the environment!
We all know that sugary drinks are bad for your health and in a recent survey tooth decay on young children is at an all time high. We have known this for a while and the health conscious, consume a lot more water now, probably more than ever as we all know this is the healthy option.
But my question is why have we decided that bottled water is better for us than tap water?
Were you aware that around 20,000 bottles are being bought every second and around the world a million plastic bottles are bought every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.
More than 480bn plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016 across the world, up from about 300bn a decade ago. If placed end to end, they would extend more than halfway to the sun. By 2021 this will increase to 583.3bn, according to the most up-to-date estimates from Euromonitor International’s global packaging trends report.
Most plastic bottles used for soft drinks and water are made from polyethylene terephthalate (Pet), which is highly recyclable. But as their use soars across the globe, efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans, are failing to keep up.
It is estimated that between four and 12m metric tonnes of plastic makes its way into the ocean each year. This figure is only likely to rise, and a 2016 report predicted that by 2050 the amount of plastic in the sea will outweigh the amount of fish. Many divers around the world are trying in vain to clear this up. Watch this video…
A normal plastic bottle takes about 450 years to break down completely, so the components of a bottle dropped in the ocean today could still be polluting the waters for our great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren.
Experts warn that some of it is already finding its way into the human food chain.
Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated people who eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year. Last August,the results of a study by Plymouth University reported plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish, including cod, haddock, mackerel and shellfish. Last year, the European Food Safety Authority called for urgent research, citing increasing concern for human health and food safety “given the potential for microplastic pollution in edible tissues of commercial fish”.
So is drinking bottled water healthier than tap water? You decide with these facts and figures.
Q.Is drinking bottled water safer than tap?
A.Bottled water costs substantially more than what comes from the tap but is not healthier for consumers, a study has suggested. Researchers found bottled variety is subject to far less stringent safety tests than tap water and is much more likely to be contaminated or become a source of infection.
Q.Is bottled water really better for you?
A.It’s healthier compared to sugary sodas and drinks but in fact, one third of all bottled water is tap water.
Q.Last but not least this fact you must take on board for the next generation.
A.Bottled water does not contain the amount of fluoride that tap water does. Therefore, if you only drink bottled water, your teeth are not getting enough fluoride to help strengthen and protect your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral in our drinking water that helps prevent tooth decay in children and adults.