Marketers are notorious in making us consumers feel like some product is essential to our lives when it is ultimately completely unnecessary. Bottled water is one such ploy that came into its popularity in the late 80s. Within only a few decades, it has developed into an industry that wastes global resources and poses health risks to many others. All this while earning a hefty profit by charging consumers an arm and a leg.
Need more convincing? Here are 4 outrageous reasons that will persuade you to stay away from bottled water:
#1 – Can You Say Rip-Off?
According to Business Insider, the price of bottled water is double the price of gasoline. If that wasn’t shocking to you, consider this: bottled water costs 2,000 times more than tap water does. To put that in perspective, let’s say you went out and bought a single bottle of water every day for an entire year. In the end, you would have spent $546.77 more than if you had just drunk the water that came from the tap. You could buy 7 fluoride filters for said tap water with that amount of money!
But wait, you must be thinking the higher cost is worth it because “I’m getting clean water from fresh springs, right?”. That makes it all worth it, doesn’t it? Well, not really. Sorry to break it to you, but that’s not how it works. 47.8% of all bottled water, including major players in the bottled water market such as Nestle and Aquafina, source their water from the same place that the water in your tap comes from!
The bottled water industry manages to rake in an annual profit of a massive $86 billion, and now you know why! Because they are managing to rip you off quite efficiently.