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Fact Sheet: Wendyl Nissen - Bottled water

Wean yourself off bottled water

Getting people to pay money for water which also comes out of a tap has to be one of the best marketing ploys in a long time.

Sales of bottled water are worth more than US$12 billion a year and 60 to 70% of plastic bottles are unable to be or are never recycled.

Here are some things to think about next time you buy a bottle of water:

The water used to fill those bottles is depleting valuable groundwater stores. Water is fast becoming a natural resource we can't take for granted.
Plastic bottle manufacturers use the fossil fuel oil to make the bottles.
Tap water in New Zealand is closely monitored and is just as safe, if not safer than bottled water.
If you don't like the taste of tap water buy a filter jug or install a filter to your tap at home. 
Purchase a BPA free bottle and refill it from the tap or filter. Store in the fridge to keep it cold. I use a glass bottle.
If you like sparkling water buy a Sodastream and make your own from filtered water.

There are more than 130 studies which suggest that BPA exposure at very low doses is linked to a number of health problems, including prostate and breast cancer, obesity, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, brain damage, altered immune system lowered sperm counts and early puberty.