I’ve always thought that bottled water is bullshit. Lord knows I’m offending 75% of my readers in writing this, but if you’re buying bottled water, you’ve got more money than sense. Get yourself a bottle. Fill it with water. Repeat this every day for the next decade and then, finally, the cost of that water will be as much as buying it at the store. In a blind test, there is absolutely no chance that you can tell the difference. That Aquafina and Dasani you drink? It’s bottled in your town, with your town’s water, sold to you at a 3,650% markup.
Now Charles Fishman’s exposé on bottled water for Fast Company has given me even more reasons to despise bottled water. That Fiji Water you drink? Well, half of Fiji doesn’t even have access to clean water. Its manufacturer ships raw plastic to Fiji and runs three enormous diesel generators to run a bottle-making plant. Then the bottles are filled, and it’s all shipped halfway across the planet for you to drink. And then you don’t even recycle the bottle. It’s (metaphorically) drenched in oil, all subsidized by tax dollars.
It’s good that you’re drinking water, and not soda. But bring a bottle to work and fill it up at the fountain. If you save and invest that $1/day for the next 25 years, you’ll have an extra $15,000 to your name.