Tuesday, July 3, 2007

drink up

There's a great article about bottled water in the Star Tribune today. As runners we go through lots of water, bottled or otherwise.

The gist of the article is...we're crazy. Americans spend $11 billion a year on bottled water. It takes 1.5 million barrels of oil to produce all of that plastic, enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year. With what it costs to buy one 500ml bottle of Aquafina, you could purchase enough Twin Cities tap water to fill that bottle 2,850 times. Also, water weighs 8lbs per gallon. Think of what it costs to ship a truckload across the country.

If you still need that ridiculous rectangular bottle of Fiji, consider this is; Tap water is treated with fluoride but bottled water isn't. Don't come crying to me when your teeth rot & fall out of your head.

Anyone who has ever run the City of Lakes 25K has enjoyed tasty Minneapolis tap water at the aid stations. If it works while you're racing, it will sure as hell work while you're walking or driving around town. Buy a sturdy Nalgene bottle and refill the heck out of it.

1 comment:

nyscof said...

Fluoride is harmful to health - especially athletes who drink large quantities of water.

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