Bottled water is a convenience, for sure. But the cost of that convenience has become insupportable. From the health concerns to environmental damage, consumption of plastic water bottles it taking a terrible toll.

And that doesn’t even include the unconscionable marketing practices by major manufacturers of packaged water. These brands take a resource that is readily available and put it into an unsustainable container before selling it at 2,000 times their cost.

The water itself picks up chemicals from the plastic, and the plastic then ends up in landfills or the ocean where it gets eaten by wildlife.

Reusable water bottles are not quite so convenient, but you really must start using them! Following are seven frightening reasons why.

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