A recent article on Greenest Host really opened my eyes to the huge environmental impact of a single bottle of water. I never knew that it takes 3 gallons of water to produce one gallon of bottled water after going through the complex filtration process. Considering there are places in the world where people fight and kill each other over drinking water, this is a completely irresponsible use of potable water resources.

In addition, "roughly 17 million barrels of oil" are consumed each year to produce the non-biodegradeable plastic containers. The production process also creates "2.5 Million tons of carbon dioxide emissions" for each ton of PET produced. Add to that the emissions created and oil used in transporting all of those heavy bottles to store shelves, and you've got what I like to call an eco-bomb-- products and practices with a HUGE adverse impact on the enviroment that far outweighs their use or practicality.

Still need more motivation to kick the plastic water bottle habit? How about cost? Bottled water can cost between 240 and 10,000 times more than tap water.
All of this monetary and environmental cost for a product that is often less healthy than ordinary tap water.

It's time to pick up a filtration picther and a stylish, re-usable water bottle. Below, some examples of the cute shit available from SIGG, Urban Outfitters, and my favorite, Shizi Katoh, who also sells an incredible line of reusable tote bags and lunch/bento boxes.

Shinzi Kaitoh Water Bottles - About $10

SIGG 'Cloud Hoppers' - $20 Urban Outfitters Artist Series Water Bottles - $14