A good way to build good money habits, is to be very mindful of your money. Mindful spending means using your money purposefully. So, every penny should be accounted for… every dollar spent should serve a purpose. This is why we’re going to talk about why you should never pay for water!
You should never spend money ‘just because.’ (Unless you’re so far in your bag that you looking for ways to spend money… In that case you probably wouldn’t need this blog anyway, but thanks for stopping by :)) Now for the normal folks, it might take LOT of willpower but, mindful spending is going to get us one step closer to financial freedom! So, let’s discuss all the reason you should never pay for water…
1. Never pay for water because… it’s FREE
It’s crazy how some people LIVE by bottled water. It definitely helps when you’re tracking how much water you’re drinking throughout the day, but let’s be honest it’s an expense you can do without. 100 years ago people would look at you crazy for buying bottled water! But, with the help of strong advertising, anything is possible.
OKAY SO, maybe 100 years ago bottled water was foreign, but 250 years ago…that’s a different story. So, let’s talk history for a second. In 1767, glass bottled water actually was a thing, but mostly for rich people and people who lived in cities. Back then, it actually used to be the healthier option because municipal water was often more contaminated.
Now that was THEN and we’re talking about NOW. By the 1920s, US cities offered free and chlorinated water. It was regulated and became the norm. That didn’t last too long though because around the 1980s a few events changed the entire narrative!
1. Nathaniel Wyeth patented PET plastic bottles. Basically he was able to make plastic bottles that could handle water. This was a huge change from glass bottles because people could easily carry it around.
2. The sparking water company, Perrier, launched a ground breaking marketing campaign with voice overs making water sound like the new IT thing. Remember how I said anything is possible with advertising? Well the trend of people paying more for something that is literally free is one of them.
3. Environmental Protection Agency (EAP) also released a report saying tap water used by 36 million Americans contained high levels of lead. Even though this has been fixed and is no longer such an issue, that really made people distrust their tap water. (I mean who can blame them?)
You may be wondering if tap water is safe to trust today…
2. Today, tap water IS cleaner than bottled water
Since the findings of that report, the EAP really buckled down on their requirements. Today tap water is tested more frequently and stricter than bottled water. So, if you’re worried about unhealthy water, than tap water is your actually your best bet.
Tap water is monitored by the government vs bottled water owned by private businesses. So tap water has to meet strict safety standards. And if there is anything unsafe found in the tap water, the public has to be notified of any violation within 24 hours.
So idk about you but I trust the government way more than these private businesses. Talk about the best of 2 evils right? But anyway I think the government might have my back a little more than these businesses whose main focus is to profit.
Fun fact: most people can’t even tell the difference between the taste of bottled water and tap water. People actually preferred tap when tested. Read more about how that study went here!
BUT if you still don’t like the taste of tap water, simple… you can buy a water filter so that you can always have filtered water ready.
3. PLASTIC BOTTLES ARE HURTING THE ENVIRONMENT
We’re already seeing the effects of climate change today. The fires in Australia have been devastating…1 billion animals and 27 people have died already. Stayed tuned to learn more about places that you can donate to stop climate change! It’s time for us to recognize our own actions that are adding to this. Plastic bottles is one of them.
It takes a HUGE amount of energy to make, transport, and maintain them. On top of that, they are not biodegradable. This means that it will never truly go away. Unlike things like bananas or apples that will eventually degrade, plastic can only be broken down into really really small pieces. Imagine what happens when these micro plastics end up in the ocean! Yup the poor fishies have to deal with it!
Many fish are eating these micro-plastics. In fact, every marine animal in this study contained micro plastics in their bodies! If you want to find out what happens when fish eat plastics click here. SPOILER ALERT: It can have devastating effects.
4. WE NEVER KNOW WHERE THE PRIVATIZATION OF WATER CAN LEAD…
Let’s think about how any market works. When there is a large enough demand people are willing to pay for a certain good/service. This pushes for sellers to sell these goods/services. The price will change depending on the seller’s quantity and the buyer’s demand.
Now image if large amounts of people stop using tap water and more often pay for these water bottles. These companies are going to grow larger and start to gain more power and control. If the cities start to face financial pressures, these companies are going to be more than eager to lend a hand. But it may come at a cost: the privatization of water.
We already know businesses are in it for profit, so utility prices are not going to be pretty. In some cities that are already dealing with this, the utility costs of water have been 59% higher!
In 2012-2016 the bottle market grew to 39% volume and this number is still increasing!
With numbers like this, you never know what could happen. There’s no need to be worried about this now, but just be mindful of your OWN money. Don’t waste it on something that is free if you don’t have to… never pay for bottled water!
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