We all know we can’t drink the water in developing countries because it might make us sick from any number of microscopic critters which could cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps or worse. Most people buy bottled water which has huge environmental impacts as well as being expensive and possibly unhealthy. What to do?
Travel prepared to clean your own water or use water in containers provided by hotels and operators if they have it. WHY?
IT’S EASY: There are many bottles you can choose from. We love Liberty Bottles. There are also many ways to clean your water which fall into three categories: electronic, chemical and mechanical.
For more information or to purchase go to www.travelersagainstplastic.org. Please consider signing the pledge not to use plastic water bottles while traveling. And then be the change you want to see in the world.
Better for the environment.
In the first two months of 2012, 8.1 million U.S. citizens traveled abroad according to data released by the U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries. 8.1 million travelers over two months =48.6 million a year (estimated) 3 bottles a day for one 2 week trip= over 3.4 billion plastic water bottles used.
Three corporations dominate the bottled water market in the US. Pepsi has 13% of the market and Coke has 11%, both of which resell treated tap water, by putting it through an energy intensive process called reverse-osmosis. This process takes more energy than turning seawater into drinking water.
San Francisco's tap water comes from Yosemite National Park and is so pure the EPA does not require it to be filtered. A bottled of Evian water at $1.35 could be refilled with San Francisco tap water once a day for over ten years before the cost would total $1.35.