Now That Aquafina Is Actually Labeled As Tap Water, Maybe We Can Look For Another Solution To The Bottled Water Issue

Last night when my wife and I were shopping at Sam’s Club, I witnessed a lady putting a large package of individual bottles of Aquafina into her shopping cart. My wife knew that would get my hackles up, so she got us out of the way and out of earshot so I could rant, which I will recycle for you all now:

Aquafina is tap water, as are many other bottled waters. The liquid inside is basically the same thing you get from your tap in the kitchen.

It’s a lot of plastic, which just fills up a landfill Twenty four plastic bottles, plus the plastic shrinkwrap around the case, means that the environment is getting hammered.

It’s expensive If you pay more than a nickel a bottle, you’re getting ripped off when buying bottled water. There’s simply no reason to pay more.

I won’t even get into the pretentious aesthetics of many bottled water drinkers, who tend to glare at anyone who is not also drinking bottled water as though they’re doing something wrong (trust me, I’ve received glares).

My wife, playing the devil’s advocate (which she does so well), responded with the justification that it’s getting people to drink water instead of high-fructose drinks. To which I respond that it still doesn’t justify the cost.

Here’s my advice to the lady buying the Aquafina – this will not only save you a lot of money, but it’ll save the environment as well.

When you finish a bottle of the water, don’t throw it away. Instead, wash it and save it in the cardboard tray that it came in. If you put the entire case in the fridge, then put them in there without the box and stack the bottles in the box; if you just put in a few bottles at a time, swap the empty bottles for full ones to stock the fridge.

When you’ve finished the case, refill them out of the tap. Do the entire case at once and sit them back in the fridge. If you only put in a handful at a time out of the case, fill them as you stock the fridge.

Guess what? You can keep doing this over and over and over again, because the bottles are food safe and the content is the same: tap water. Each time you reuse a bottle in this way, you’re saving a little pile of change that you’re not spending buying these bottles, plus you’re saving space in the landfill.

If you drink bottled water regularly, please consider giving this a shot – it saves money and saves the environment, too.

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Founder of The Simple Dollar

Trent Hamm founded The Simple Dollar in 2006 after developing innovative financial strategies to get out of debt. Since then, he’s written three books (published by Simon & Schuster and Financial Times Press), contributed to Business Insider, US News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, and Lifehacker, and been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Guardian, and elsewhere.

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