There’s not much good to be said about plastic bottles of water. Truth be told, when you buy bottled water, you're buying plastic packaging and convenience, not necessarily healthier water that's safer to drink than tap water. In fact:
* Bottles made from #7 polycarbonate plastic (like old Nalgene bottles) may leach Bisphenol-A into your drink. Among other health ailments, this chemical has been linked to diabetes, infertility, and hormone disruption.
For Your Shopping List
Live Pur's Fit & Fresh reusable, BPA-free water bottle comes with a filter that snags at least 50% of the chlorine in tap water.
The Water Geeks sells a safe, reusable plastic bottle that comes with a filter good for 3 months or approximately 200 uses.
Worried About Pharmaceuticals in Water? The solution is not bottled water!
Since much bottled water is filled with tap water, you won't avoid pharmaceuticals in water by buying water in the store. If you're concerned, install a filter on your tap that uses reverse osmosis or activated carbon to remove contaminants.
Don't flush old pharmaceuticals down the toilet or the drain. Mix them with old coffee grounds or kitty litter, seal them in a bag or other nondescript container, and toss them out with the trash.
Meanwhile, encourage your community to offer a "take back" program for outdated or unused pharmaceuticals, like one organized by the Superior Watershed Partnership in northern Michigan.
Find more information about bottled water here.