Many of us perceive bottled water to be of higher quality. Perhaps we believe that “we get what we pay for” when we buy into brand stories that claim to have the best-tasting and cleanest water that has ever been bottled. What we are really buying into is brand storytelling and we end up paying a premium for it.
The truth is that 24% of bottled water is sold by big brands through their numerous brands, creating the illusion of competition and keeping our wallets from being green: green for the environment and green with bills because if you are drinking your 8 glasses of water a day, you are spending at least $1,400 a year buying bottled water. That is 300 times the cost of tap water.
A question you must ask yourself is: is it worth it?
We all know that staying hydrated is critical for our bodies to sustain themselves. Sugary sodas just won’t cut it. Still, all that bottled water comes at a price–literally. There’s also the environmental costs. Carbon emissions continue to be a detriment to our earth’s atmosphere and the landfill crisis is not getting any better now that we’re at a million plastic bottles per minute, 91% of which are not recycled.
When looking for a solution we can’t think of a better one than going reusable. However, we get the convenience to the grab-and-go allure of purchasing single-use plastic water bottles. You have to be practical and set goals that are achievable for you.
Here are three quick and easy ways to save money and make sure that your plastic bottles are recycled:
1. Start with a recycling bin. Do you have one? Does your office have one? Imagine all of the money your company can save collectively.
2. Use your recycle bins to collect your bottles and get your money back. Did you know that you may be paying a deposit fee because of Bottle Bills in your state? Click here to check how much you may be paying.
3. Make sure you have the right recycling bins that are separating your recyclables from your waste. Check out our FAQ page to learn more about the benefits of purchasing the right recycling bins.