Yesterday, Stats Canada just released their findings on Canadians and bottled water. It turns out that 3 out of every 10 households use bottled water as their primary source of water! (Well, I should say used, as the survey was done in 2006). As the environment moves to the forefront of newscasts, and has become the number 1 issue for political platforms, people are reconsidering their decision to dish out that buck and change for a taste of the liquid gold. And when you get right down to it, there are a lot of reasons to discourage us from buying those 600 ml bottles.
First, there is the environment to consider. Obviously, we're moving in a direction away from plastics. And although they are recyclable, Canadian stats showed that 40% of the plastic bottles don't even make it to the recycled bin!
Second, there is the global consideration. Millions of people in the world do not have access to clean water, yet we in North America decide daily to pay for our water instead of getting it free out of the tap.
Third, bottled water is essentially tap water. Ontario in particular, was rated as having the 3rd best tap water in North America. So why do we pay for the stuff?
Our perception of where tap water comes from is misguided, and we have been somehow led to believe that bottled water comes from a cleaner source. Or maybe it's just that we've convinced ourselves of this in this age of convenience.
Provinces, city councils, school boards and even some restaurants are stepping up, and deciding not to buy, sell or drink bottled water. Even politicians in the U.S have committed to head to the fountain instead of the convenience store. It's up to us, the consumer, to stop the trend of bottled water, and start enjoying one of the greatest assets our country has to offer.
Below is the link to CBC's coverage yesterday of this issue.
Pictured above is the Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories during a small canoe trip with my buddy Rob!