Can Boxed Water Solve the Bottle Problem?
By Becca DiCenso
What's all the hype about boxed water?
Aside from tap water, bottled water has taken the main stage as the way we drink our water—but things are changing and it could be for the better! Boxed water is the newest trend that's taking over and it's not doing so quietly. With the ecological footprint of plastic water bottles becoming an increasingly relevant issue, the company Boxed Water has decided to do something about it. They're now packaging and selling water in exactly what their name implies—100% recyclable boxes that come directly from renewable resources. (Psst! Did you know that reusing plastic water bottles is dangerous to your health? Find out why in this article about 40 Weight Loss Tips for Over 40; it's tip #4!)
Each year, about 30 billion plastic bottles of water are consumed in the United States. Slowly, this stuff that we truly depend on for survival is becoming one of the leading ways we're destroying our environment. Consider this: A huge carbon footprint is being left by the 17 million barrels of oil used annually to produce these bottles; that's enough oil to fuel 1.3 million cars for an entire year. Yikes! You could resort to glass bottles instead of plastic, but those are heavy and harder to fit into all aspects of your life.
In terms of sustainability, Boxed Water's new product is produced, packaged, and shipped like no other. And although we're impressed with the company's optimistic and eco-friendly plans to help save the planet, we're still left wondering: is it human-friendly?
Water keeps us hydrated, helps us maintain bodily function and aids in weight loss. It's about 70% of what our bodies are made up of and 100% of what we should be drinking daily; so, yeah, you can say it's pretty important that we know what we're drinking. Boxed Water is purified through reverse osmosis and ultraviolet filtration, claims to be free of chromium, arsenic, chlorine, and fluoride, and is boxed in completely BPA-free packaging. While that all sounds like exactly what we want to hear, it's too soon for scientific evidence to determine if boxed water has any positive or negatives effects on us. The boxed water costs $1.49 per half-liter box (which is approximately 16 ounces).
As you're looking to shed those winter layers and extra pounds this upcoming Spring, H20 is going to be one of the most helpful aspects of your diet. So, whether you seek out the eco-friendly boxed water, tote around a sleek Camelbak, or utilize a water filter, it's imperative you stay hydrated. You can even try one of these 50 Best Detox Waters for Fat Burning and Weight Loss to up the ante!
Photo courtesy of Instagram user @boxedwater.