Intro: Save the Planet: DRINK TAP WATER!!!
One of the best ways to help save our planet is to start drinking tap water.
Forget the bottle. USE THE TAP
By drinking tap water you are saving not only the materials and energy resoursces to bottle the water (PLASTIC!) and prevent all that waste from ending up in our landfills FOREVER. (Don't believe its all being recycled). Plus don't forget all the transportation costs and pollution to get that bottled water to you.
I reuse a beverage bottle I bought nearly six months ago to carry my water to work. (REUSE. comes before recycle in the saying--reduce ,reuse, and recycle). There are many reusable options to tote your water to and fro.
If you really can't tolerate the taste of you tap water, consider tap water filter or even a filter pitcher.
Remember REDUCE -- REUSE --RECYCLE to save the planet for our children.
Step 1: Find a Suitable Container
The best option is to reuse glass beverage bottles, however if you can't there are multiple options that exist on the market from cheap plastic models to lexan containers and stainless steel bottles.
If your not overly concerned about chemical leaching from plastic bottles, refill used bottled water (or soda or similar) containers over and over again. I can't believe those chemicals aren't leaching out of the many, many plastic containers we constantly are using, anywhere from personal care products to food packaging, etc.
Step 2: Consider Filters
If your tap water has has minerals in it that give it a bad taste, and you can't stand it, consider using a filter. These can be in the form of a pitcher, a simple screw on filter at the end of your faucet, or a complex under sink or whole house system.
Try this simple test first if you're a hard core devotee of bottled water. Have a friend pour two identical glasses of water- one from the tap and one of bottled water. See if you really can tell the difference.
Don't forget that most bottled water is from municipal water sources.