Plastic bottles are not sustainable, no matter what we've been told. Using vast quantities of fossil fuels and water, these bottles are manufactured, filled, and shipped around the globe. (Not a good carbon footprint!) Neither are bottles biodegradable in any meaningful way: what you drink in a few minutes can stick around for a thousand years. Even with recycling efforts, 6 out of 7 plastic bottles consumed in the U.S. are "downcycled"—sent somewhere out of sight and out of mind where, for the next millennia, toxins from degrading plastic containers can leach into watersheds and soil. That's just not something we need to give to global neighbors and future generations. Most bottled water is glorified tap water at 10,000 times the cost. The label on your bottled water may depict a peaceful mountain stream, but that doesn't mean the water inside is pure and pristine. Only some bottled water comes from springs or groundwater sources. It turns out that approximately 25% of bottled water is sourced from ... the tap. Sure, some companies filter or radiate the tap water with ultraviolet light before selling it to you at several thousand times the cost of municipal tap water. (Examples include Aquafina, Dasani, and many other brands.)
Moreover, studies show that bottled water samples can contain phthalates, mold, microbes, benzene, trihalomethanes, even arsenic. And only recently did the FDA start regulating bottled water for E. Coli, thanks to advocacy by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Upshot: bottled water markup is extreme. Health standards are often a wash and may even favor tap water. If you're concerned about municipal water supply and want to know more, check out this helpful resource, which can help you learn about your municipal water supply and decide if filtration or purification is right for you. Many bottled waters contain toxins, even if they've nixed BPA. Plastic isn't just bad for the planet, It's not good for you, either. Bottled water companies increasingly use BPA-free plastic, but laced into plastic bottles are other chemicals that can seep out if bottles are exposed to heat or sit around for a long time. Some of these chemicals are possible endocrine disruptors. No one knows for sure what the health outcomes are. Do you really want your body to undergo that experiment? . 325
129 These promoters of natural alkaline water filters are almost as bad as the sellers of additives which raise the pH of tap water to make it alkaline. The fact is that these natural non-electric alkaline water ionizer systems or filters are basically your old fashioned water filter like the Brita filter or singe stage inline filter, with an additional mineral adding filter which raises the pH of the water. This will make the water alkaline, but it will not incorporate any of the ionized alkaline water benefits which scientist have discovered. Only alkaline ionized water created by the water electrolysis process has those 3 health improving properties. Simply adding minerals or chemicals to raise the pH of your tap water is not the same thing, can be potentially life threatening, and does not incorporate any health benefits. Unfortunately, the water ionizer industry itself is very manipulative, companies like Kangen-Enagic spread misinformation to make people think they need to pay exorbitantly high prices for the alkaline water machines which actually will work and deliver the health benefits. They prey upon one of the most helpless sectors of society, the elderly, which are very vulnerable and susceptible to in person manipulative sales techniques. Other water ionizer companies have sprang up and attempt to ride on the back of Kangen by offering a competing machine at about 70% of the price of the Kangen SD501, saving the customer about $1000 to $1500 dollars over the Kangen unit, yet they collude among each other using misinformation and scare tactics such as poisonous water ionizer plates in an attempt to make people think they need to still pay a high price for the
. The truth is that there has never been 1 documented case of "poisoning" from water ionizer plates. In many cases, these companies are just as bad if not worse than the Kangen Enagic sales representatives. They offer a competing product at a slightly lower price, and misinform consumers with reports of titanium and platinum poisoning. They also deceive people by focusing on irrelevant issues like the number of plates, always increasing the number of plates inside their machines from 5 plates, to 7, now 9 plates, and even 11 and 15 plate models. Always making the customer think that they need to pay more for that water ionizer with more plates, is a common trick used to keep their profit margins at $2000 to $2500 per sale.
The fact is that over the past several decades, tens of millions of people worldwide have received alkaline water ionizer benefits from 3 and 5 plate water ionizer designs. If you are a fan of Kangen / Enagic water ionizers, and you have been drinking their water and you have noticed health benefits, take a look at their line of ionizers, you will see most of them have 5 plates inside. This constant push by water ionizer scam artist companies to deceive consumers with ever increasing numbers of plates, ever higher electrical wattage, and manipulation via scare tactics, keeps their profits high at consumers expense. As I stated before, it is the elderly who are the biggest consumers of water ionizers in the Unites States, and they are one of the most vulnerable sectors of society. Water ionizer companies know this, and will continue to use manipulative sales tactics to deceive people and keep the prices and their by their profit margins high. Only and informed consumer, who does the proper research, and who has common sense, will understand this truth. This website is here to shed light on this manipulative industry dominated by misinformation and scare tactics exploiting one of the most vulnerable sectors of American society.