Is Boxed Water Better Than Plastic Bottle Water?

Plastic is everywhere. Tupperware containers, food packaging, reusable water bottles, and the dreaded plastic bottled water are merely a handful of plastic items we encounter on a daily basis. While we may do our best to recycle, this non-decomposable material is wreaking havoc on our environment. In an effort to eliminate one of the biggest environmental violators, the plastic water bottle, Boxed Water is packaging their H20 in cartons.

Boxed Water Is Better is offering up an eco-friendly alternative to the ever popular plastic water bottle. The concept behind the milk carton style box is a sustainable design that helps to reduce a carbon footprint. The Boxed Water carton is made up of three-quarters recyclable paper that is guaranteed BPA free.

The paper itself is a product of well managed forests that the company strives to contribute to. Boxed Water Is Better is "a member of 1% for the Planet in partnership with the National Forest Foundation." They have launched their Retree Project with the goal of planting one million trees in five years. For every order online, Boxed Water will plant six trees. And for every Instagram post, they'll plant two.

And, when the cartons made from well managed forested trees are shipped to the filling station, they are shipped flat. This reduces the carbon footprint even more by using "one truck for every 26 trucks" that ship plastic water bottles.

Sustainable packaging isn't the only concern when it comes to Boxed Water Is Better. The content itself receives as much attention. Each box contains purified drinking water from a municipal water source that goes through an 8-step purification process to remove impurities.

All this sounds too good to be true. So what's the catch?

The Boxed Water container isn't 100 percent plastic-free. It contains roughly 20 percent plastic and 6 percent aluminum. Boxed Water also removes minerals from the water. For those that don't drink tap water, relying on Boxed Water means missing out on fluoride. And, let's face it, if we are buying water in a one-time-only package, we are still contributing to the carbon footprint.

Also, trying to convince people to switch to boxed may not be easy. Plastic water bottles are all too convenient for those that don't carry around a reusable bottle or can't find a drinking fountain to fill up.

On average, each individuals consumes 167 plastic bottled waters a year and sales for bottled water equates to roughly $11.8 billion annually. And despite 38 billion plastic water bottles winding up in the landfill annually, Americans still choose to consume store-bought water.

All that said, if you have to buy water, a boxed water container may be a better option. It cuts down on the use of plastic and certainly has it's own benefits in reducing the carbon footprint. And with projects set in motion like the Retree Project, you can feel better buying carton water from Boxed Water.

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