Okay gang. Water is crucial to health. Now with that said, get rid of the plastic bottles. Invest in Naglene (#7 bio plastic, no plastic leakage) or Stainless Steal container. You can even get them sized for your kids lunchboxes. They aren't just for hikers, backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts. You sports fanatics...fill a few, keep them cool in your vehicle for post workout or event hydration. If you can't always do that, don't feel guilty, drink from the plastic bottle, but make it the exception and not the rule. Being prepared helps you and the environment.*
Keep it simple. ~j
Below is an excerpt from NYTimes on this topic. Not terribly informative, but more contemplative.
In the last few months, bottled water — generally considered a benign, even beneficial, product — has been increasingly portrayed as an environmental villain by city leaders, activist groups and the media. The argument centers not on water, but oil. It takes 1.5 million barrels a year just to make the plastic water bottles Americans use, according to the Earth Policy Institute in Washington, plus countless barrels to transport it from as far as Fiji and refrigerate it.
Bottled water has now overtaken coffee and milk in sales nationally, and is catching up with beer. To some, it’s an affordable luxury. To others, a healthy alternative to sugary drinks.
AND so people who had come to consider bottled water a great convenience, or even a mark of good taste, are now casting guilty glances at their frosty drinks.