Researchers in Germany have identified endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in samples of commercial bottled water. The researchers collected samples from 18 bottled water products purchased in supermarkets in Germany, France, and Italy to search for instances of anitestrogenic and antiandrogenic substances, which block the production and utilization of female and male hormones. Out of the 18 bottled water samples, 13 displayed antiestrogenic activity and 16 samples displayed antiandrogenic activity. The study also revealed 24,520 different chemicals in the water samples.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), like antiestrogenic and antiandrogenic substances are found in man-made compounds that are used in many plastics used to store food or water. At certain doses EDCs can interfere with the hormone systems in humans and other mammals. These disruptions may cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders, like learning disabilities.
Why risk drinking water that may have EDCs from the plastic bottle? Switch the alternative – filtered drinking water from a bottle-less water cooler.
Save the Bay, the largest regional organization working to protect, restore, and celebrate San Francisco Bay, recently listed their 5 reasons why people should kick the plastic water bottle habit on their blog. To read their list, click here. We have a couple more reasons why you should kick the plastic water bottle habit:
6. Plastic water bottles and jugs can leach potentially harmful chemicals, like BPA, into your water.
7. According to Ann Leonard’s “The Story of Bottled Water,” in taste tests across the nation, many people preferred the taste of tap water to bottled water.
8. By using a reusable water bottle, you can prevent injuries from carrying 5-gallon water jugs (about 40 pounds) or a case of water (about 26 pounds).
9. Save space – storing cases of water or 5-gallon water jugs can take up a lot of space. By using a reusable water bottle, you free up that space.
10. You can show off your personality with a reusable water bottle, they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials!
In a recent ConvergEx study, it was found that consumers, on average, are willing to pay 300 times more for water that is bottled versus tap water! The average cost of bottled water, according to the study, is $1.22 per gallon, 300 times the cost of a gallon of tap water, which is about $0.004 -$0.0007, according to the National Utility Services survey of the United States.
However, most consumers are willing to pay up to 2,000 times the cost of tap water for bottled water!
About two-thirds of all bottled water sold in the United States is sold in 16.9 oz. bottles for $1.00 per bottle, which averages to $7.57 per gallon of bottled water.
What if we paid 2,000 times for everyday groceries? That would be like paying:
- $3,720 for a dozen large eggs (current price: $1.86 per dozen)
- $4,040 for a Grande Coffee from Starbucks (current price: $2.02 for one Grande)
- $4,400 for 1 loaf of white bread (current price: $2.20 for one loaf)
- $7,000 for 1 gallon of milk (current price: $3.50 per gallon)
For comparison, buying a machine-washable, reusable water bottle costs about $20. And some can last up to 10 years – just saying.
All grocery prices are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If your company currently has bottled water delivered to the office on a weekly or monthly basis, you know how annoying and inconvenient this can be. It seems like the delivery person always arrives while the entire office is in an emergency meeting, right in the middle of a group interviewing session or as soon as clients arrive for the sales pitch the team has been preparing for months.
Not only can the whole ordeal of bringing in cases or jugs of water be noisy and disruptive, it can also come across as very unprofessional to clients and prospective employees. There is a better way to provide a source of healthy hydration in the workplace.
When you use bottleless water coolers from Quench, you don’t have to worry about all the hassles associated with drinking water delivery. An unknown delivery person is often an unwelcome intrusion in most offices, not to mention this can be a security issue. Furthermore, when a water delivery comes, the office manager or administrative assistant is forced to stop the important tasks that he or she is working on to supervise the delivery and check the invoice. These things can be very bothersome during the workday and should not be something you have to deal with.
Quench water bottle alternatives simply make more sense for your company. When you implement Quench water solutions in your office, a certified, insured and highly-trained service professional will install your point of use water cooler in an efficient and quiet manner. He or she will not cause any disruption to your facility, and installation is typically completed under an hour.
The best part of a Quench POU water dispenser is that the water supply is endless – no more worrying about a delivery person interrupting your day. Enjoy the convenience of Quench. Enjoy better tasting water.
Experts are beginning to find increasing evidence of a link between drinking bottled water and tooth decay in young children, according to Newsday.
If your company is like most, you provide a source of hydration to your employees with water bottles. Plastic water bottles typically just seem like the easier, more convenient option for staying cool and quenched during the workday.
You’re committed to providing the safest working environment possible to your employees. For this reason, you offer purified bottled water so they can stay hydrated throughout the workday. After all, bottled water is safer than tap water, right?
If your company’s office is like most in the United States, employees are probably provided water in plastic bottles kept in the break room refrigerator or vending machine. While these might seem like the most convenient option for offering healthy hydration in the workplace, have you considered the environmental ramifications?
Have you ever been so thirsty you couldn’t wait to get over to the office water cooler and enjoy a refreshing glass of pure, cold water? There’s nothing like a cup of cool water during a hectic day at work to re-energize your mind, body and spirit. The only problem is, when you went to take your first sip, you didn’t get the pure, crisp taste you were expecting. Instead, all you tasted was the plastic from the water cooler.
It’s important to get the appropriate amount of water each day to help the body work efficiently. However, when the fluids you consume are stored in disposable plastic bottles, a variety of consequences come with each sip you take.
Disposable plastics harm the planet in numerous ways. When tossed into the trash, these products end up in landfills across the country and could take years to break down, if at all. This can also leach harmful toxins into the soil, which runs directly into water lines and further poisons infrastructure systems. In addition to creating environmental concerns, disposable plastics also lead to significant health ailments.