Five Essential Goods Cheaper than Bottled Water

There are certain things in life that we need to survive. Bottled water is not one of them. It’s costly to both the environment and to your wallet. Besides, why would you want to waste your money on that, when there are so many other more important needs that are way cheaper? For example:

Alcohol

Several recent news reports have revealed that booze is cheaper than bottled water in New Zealand, which is bad news for this binge drinking population… (or is it?) Regardless, it could be really bad news for bottled water companies. I know we say it all the time, but when it just makes more sense to spend the money on beer or wine, why would anyone pay for a plastic bottle of something they can get for free from a tap? Think about it…

Gasoline

As expensive as a gallon of gasoline is these days, believe it or not, it can be cheaper than a bottle of water, depending on what kind of water you drink. If you’re the kind who prefers Fiji over Evian (which we think is still pretty naive), you’re looking at spending more than $3 for a liter bottle. A gallon of gas is only $2-something in some parts of the U.S. You do the math…

Iced Tea

Water tastes even better with tea flavor in it, right? (I’m sure @toddx can back me up here.) Why would you want to buy bottled water when you can drink iced tea instead? A box of 100 Lipton tea bags is about the same price as 2-3 bottles of water from a vending machine, and you can choose to drink it sweetened, unsweetened, caffeinated, or decaffeinated, flavored with peach or lemon, or just plain – the possibilities are endless! Not only that; the production process for bottled water depletes so many of our earth’s resources – including water! And, as @toddx so kindly pointed out to us on Blog Action Day, “Without water, there can be no iced tea.” You don’t want that, do you?

Ramen Noodles

If you or your kids have ever attended college, you know what I mean when I say Ramen Noodles is an essential good. It’s practically how all of us survived through those regrettable years, right? (That, and alcohol, which, as you know now, is also cheaper than bottled water.) Depending on where you shop, you can get as many as 5 or 10 packs of Ramen Noodles for only $1. That’s over a week’s worth of food! Compare that to the price of a bottle of water… I think you see where I’m going with this.

Filtered Water

You may think we sound like a broken record, but we can’t emphasize it enough. Not only does drinking filtered water save our planet from the detrimental effects of plastic bottled water waste… it saves you money! And, these days, I can’t think of one person who’s not looking to save a buck or two. Okay, so maybe the previous four goods are not really that “essential” when it comes down to it, but, in our humble opinion, filtered tap water is. With regular tap water you run the risk of ingesting cancer-causing contaminants, and with bottled water… well, I don’t need to repeat myself do I? Drinking filtered water will help ensure the health of you and your loved ones.

Please do yourself and the rest of the world a favor by visiting Filters Fast online to purchase your water filter today. We have a huge selection of refrigerator water filters, faucet water filters, undersink filters, pitcher filters and countertop filters to suit your needs.

12 Personal & Unique Posts from Blog Action Day

Blog Action Day Water

When you write about water as often as we do, it can be tough to come up with interesting takes on the same old subjects, no matter how important they are. So when we heard that this year’s theme for Blog Action Day was water, we struggled to come up with something truly unique to write about. In one way or another, we’ve written about all of the suggested post ideas for Blog Action Day.

And we’re not the only ones. Other writers of all things water have covered many of these topics ad nauseam as well. If you read about water issues enough, you’ll inevitably come across many of the same statistics and points. While they are worth reading and taking to heart, we’re not doing anybody any favors by reposting these same figures over and over.

So this Blog Action Day, we’ve decided to look past all of that and to share some blog posts by folks who might not otherwise write about water. We enjoyed these posts because the writers offered fresh, personal insights into what water means to them, and they raised awareness about water issues, such as the global water crisis,  in unconventional ways.

In no particular order, here are 12 Personal & Unique Posts from Blog Action Day:

  1. To spread awareness on the global water crisis, Vectips posted a really great tutorial on how to create a dirty water drop character in Illustrator.
  2. Likewise, Sebastian Guerriero at psdtuts+ shared a tutorial on how to create a wallpaper for Blog Action Day.
  3. DigitalSolid helped with a “social media bum rush” supporting Charity Water through the sale of Age Of Conversation III: Time To Get Busy. You can purchase this book in paperbackhardback  and Kindle versions. (Please use these affiliate links when purchasing to ensure the proceeds go to Charity Water.)
  4. Jan Flora at the aptly named “Writer’s Flow” blog wrote a poignant poem about how privileged many of us are to have clean water, while others aren’t so fortunate.
  5. Mark and Elena over at MK Squared offered a first-hand view of their experience as peace corps volunteers in Tonga, where the burning of trash releases dioxins into the air. These dioxins settle in rainwater and on rooftops and eventually are flushed into cement water tanks called sima vais, where families get their drinking water.
  6. Rebel Road Sister talks about her goal to run 250 miles for clean water. Can you help?
  7. HelpAge wrote about why older Ethiopians might be the secret to finding water in their country.
  8. Is water a women’s rights issue? Aimee Sea of Women’s Rights thinks so.
  9. Crunchy Chewy Mama wrote about the advantages of drinking filtered water at home instead of bottled water, and how important that is when breastfeeding her two-month-old daughter.
  10. Kacy Maxwell remembers his experience with the Nashville flood back in May, when he saw people washing their cars despite the city urging everyone to conserve water.
  11. Alise of BigMama247 was shocked to discover she has a water footprint of 1078 gallons a day, and she wrote about some ways to bring that number down.
  12. How can we use less water? Drink more wine, stop brushing your teeth, don’t water your lawn or wash dishes, and give babies less water. So says Todd X from Iced Tea and Sarcasm.

This post was written as part of Change.org‘s Blog Action Day 2010. There are more than 4,690 blogs in 135 countries participating right now – to add yours, click here.