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No need to tell you that the use of plastic is becoming a growing issue for nature and us humans. We all know that the use of plastic has to be reduced dramatically as soon as possible and that the recycling ( Of the 8.3bn tonnes of virgin plastic produced worldwide, only 9% has been recycled, according to a 2017 Science Advances paper ) is way behind the production which currently is only increasing is Spain. There are several reasons for the increase, but one is the increase in the use of plastic bottles for drinking water.
The water quality in bottled water is in most cases very similar to Spanish tap water. With a PPM test tap water and bottled water are on the same level which means they contain the same levels of particles, metals and microplastics. In bottled water you do normally not have to worry about chlorine and chloramine like in Spanish tap water, but there are other concerns one should be aware of:
Most advertisements for bottled water depict a fresh stream or mountain spring in order to make it seem like their water is purer than tap water or other brands of bottled water. However, water that is bottled from special springs is rare, and the fact is that most bottled water comes from similar sources as your municipal water supply, meaning that there is likely nothing special about your bottled water other than its branding
While bottled water is often depicted as being higher quality than tap water, the fact is that in many instances bottled water is glorified tap water. While some manufacturers put their water through additional filtering before bottling it, many do not and simply charge for the packaging. Thusly, even though it is likely the same water as what comes out of the tap at home, you may be paying thousands of times more for the same product when you buy bottled water.
The primary risk associated with drinking bottled water is the fact that you can be exposed to harmful toxins from the plastic. Even though water is not acidic (unlike soda), whenever you drink out of a plastic bottle, you risk ingesting the chemicals used to make the bottles as these toxins can leach into the water over time. This is particularly common with older water bottles and/or those that have been exposed to heat. BPA and other plastic toxins can then make their way into your bloodstream, which can cause a host of problems including various cancers as well as liver and kidney damage. Unfortunately, at this time scientists do not fully understand all of the potential long-term effects of ingesting toxins through the consumption of bottled water; however, these toxins can accumulate in your system over the years leaving you prone to a variety of health problems.
Perhaps the most concerning thing about bottled water that has come to light in recent years is that drinking bottled water can put people at risk of consuming microplastics. Microplastics are small pieces of plastic– usually less than 5mm long– that can be found in a variety of products including, perhaps most controversially, a lot of cosmetic products where they are added to act as exfoliating scrubbers in hand cleaners and facial scrubs.
Not only does bottled water absorb some of the chemical compounds in the plastic bottle, but recent studies suggest that that plastic itself can be present in the water consumers drink. In fact, a World Health Organisation (WHO) study found that in 93% of popular bottled water brands tested the water contained plastic fibers (similar results were also found in a study conducted by Fredonia State University of New York). While studies on the prevalence of microplastics in bottled water, and the potential danger this presents, are still in the early stages, one can only imagine the potential long-term effects of consuming plastic, highlighting another reason to limit one’s use of bottled water.
There are several other issues related to bottled water, but in the end it all comes down to the same two issues: The water is in most cases not of a higher quality than tap water and in some cases even lower which makes it much too expensive to use, and the massive amount of problems that the plastic creates for both us humans and the planet.
We do highly recommend when living in Spain that you do not buy your water and instead filter your water with either one of our solutions, or any other high quality filter solution.
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