Last week on Facebook I asked whether you drink soda, and if not, what you drink instead. I was overwhelmed with all the awesome responses!… and am sooooo happy to see how many of you have broken up with soda forever and are mostly drinking water, homemade tea, and kombucha instead. Yeah!!!
Bottled water sales have FINALLY surpassed soda sales in the U.S. as more people ditch drinks like Diet Coke and Pepsi. While I’m happy to see people make better choices – bottled water is crazy expensive. Depending on how many bottles you buy for yourself and your family every week, the cost adds up quickly. The average person who buys bottled water is spending over $400 a year for a family of four – and that’s being conservative. Drinking filtered tap water is so much cheaper… bottled water costs almost 2000x more!
A large percentage of bottled water is just glorified tap water anyway – so what are you really paying for?
While you might think that your bottled water is from a pristine mountain spring full of minerals, that’s almost never the case… Popular brands like Aquafina (by PepsiCo) and Dasani (by Coca-Cola) are just straight up purified tap water. They take their water from city water systems, run it through more filtering, bottle it, and sell it at a huge markup. Look for the terms “public water”, “municipal source”, or “community water” on bottles, which indicates it’s filtered tap water – but brands aren’t required to disclose this. Those that say “artesian” or “spring” water are typically not from the tap, but are typically MORE expensive and still packaged in plastic that is horrible for our environment. Plastic water bottles create an estimated 1.5 million tons of trash per year!
So, if you want to save yourself a ton of money AND protect our environment, stop buying bottled water. Getting a good water filter for your home is the way to go.
As I’m sure you’re aware, most tap water that isn’t properly filtered is tainted with contaminants like…
- Bacteria and viruses
- Chromium 6
- Radioactive materials
- Prescription drugs
- Disinfection byproducts
- and a host of other substances known to cause diseases after long term exposure
You don’t want to be drinking any of those substances… or using tainted water to make coffee and tea at home. That’s why a good home water filter is so important, and will save you literally hundreds of dollars in bottled water costs every single year.
I’ve partnered up with the brand Aquasana because I know how crucial clean water is to my health. I’ve been so impressed with the many inexpensive filter options they offer – their water always tastes great, the NSF certified filters last a long time, and are easy to replace.
All Aquasana drinking water filters are certified to remove and reduce…
- Chlorine and chloramines
- Heavy metals like lead and mercury
- Chlorine resistant cysts like giardia and cryptosporidium
- Herbicides, pesticides
- Pharmaceuticals like estrone and ibuprofen
- and more…
If you’re on a tight budget you can start out with their Countertop Water Filter. This is perfect if you are living in a rental too!
A step up are their under the counter models, which install easily under your sink…
If you’d like to make sure to filter out fluoride, they have a Reverse Osmosis (RO) system that is certified to filter all the above contaminants + fluoride.
For the most complete solution, you can get a Whole House Filter. This gives you the peace of mind that the water from every tap in your home is filtered for up to 10 years. I personally love knowing that I can get clean water from every tap in the house, including the bathroom for brushing my teeth and showering.
Best of all, most of their filters are 50% off right now (expires soon) and they have a 90 day return policy if for any reason you don’t like the filter…which is perfect, so you have enough time to see how much money you are saving when you quit buying bottles. Your purchase also supports the work we do here at Food Babe, so thank you! I only partner with the best companies I personally have used and trust.
If you know anyone buying bottled water, please share this post with them and let them know how much money they can save! I’m sure they will thank you! Here’s to healthy clean water for everyone – and to saving big bucks on this healthy habit too.
P.S. If you already have a water filter, make sure that you replace your filter cartridges regularly and on schedule! I recently tested the water in my home and found pesticides – which I found very surprising at first – until I realized that the filter cartridges needed to be replaced in my system. As soon as I replaced the cartridges and tested my water, the pesticides were gone. See the water testing kit I used here.