I am a bit of a water snob. I can’t really help it. I love water! It is seriously my favourite beverage, which is an odd thing to say about something that is odourless and flavourless. But nothing beats that cool, refreshing gulp of water.
The brilliant thing about water is that it is good for you! Water keeps us hydrated, is great for our skin, provides an energy boost, and helps flush toxins from our body. Water has no fat or calories. A number of times I have set goals for myself to drink (at least) 8 cups of water a day, and when I do so, I always feel great!
I don’t like just any water though. Here is where my snobbery really shines. I like cold, filtered water. The colder, the better. And I do not, I repeat, I do not like bottled water.
Bottled water is the worst form of water, if you ask me. In my opinion, it tastes horrible – especially when it is served in flimsy, plastic containers. Bottled water just tastes plasticky. Yet, it isn’t just my personal taste that turns me away from spending a toonie on a 500mL bottle of mediocre water.
Bottled water is arrogant. I’m serious about this. You and I and almost everyone else in North America have homes that are hooked up to municipal water sources. When you turn on your tap, out flows regulated water that is actually more regulated than that crap you buy in a convenience store. And more often than not, that water you are buying in a bottle, which can cost up to 10,000 times more than your tap water, is just water from a different tap. Although this time, the tap water you are paying for has been shipped hundreds of miles and has been contained in unsustainable plastic bottles. “Approximately 1.5 million barrels of oil – enough to run 100,000 cars for a whole year – are used to make plastic water bottles, while transporting these bottles burns even more oil.” *
What really gets me is that here in the First World, where we have ample access to clean water and filtered pitchers, we still purchase these bottles of water when there are so many others who don’t have access to clean drinking water.
So, it really irks me that for the last few weeks, I’ve been drinking my daily water out of a re-used plastic water bottle which was, at one point, purchased from the Treats store in the basement of my office building. You see, I am all about regular water bottles. I fill my water bottles with filtered water at least three times during the day and I can track how much I have drank. But last month, while we were in the grocery store, my son grabbed my water bottle from my purse and threw it on the floor. The bottom cracked and all that beautiful water started flowing.
I haven’t had the chance yet to purchase another nice water bottle. Being a water snob, I am actually a bit of a water bottle snob too. It needs to be cute. It has to be easy to drink from. It has to be easy to carry. It has to have a wide enough mouth to fit ice and it needs to be big enough so that I can easily track how much water I am drinking (a litre is ideal, though not required).
Hopefully soon I’ll be able to post a picture of my new, gorgeous water bottle. Until then, I’ll be drinking filtered water at work from my cruddy old plastic bottle. At least I’m reusing, but who knows what chemicals are seeping into my system.
But, the point is, I am drinking water. Water is healthy, especially if you’re a conscious water consumer.
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