Choosing to treat your own drinking water when you travel is better for you, the people you visit and for the planet for a host of reasons.

BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Globally 2.7 million tons of water bottle plastic is used annually.
  • In the US alone: making bottles of water out of plastic takes more than 1.5 million barrels of oil, every year, enough to fuel 100,000 American cars for a year.
  • Eighty-six percent of single-use plastic water bottles become landfill or litter in the US and in many countries that number is higher.
  • Each week 1 billion bottles of water is transported in the US. That's equals 37,800 semi-trucks hauling water every week. It has to be transported in the countries we visit as well, often great distances.
  • PET is made from crude oil. PET bottles produce toxic emissions at rates of 100 times that of glass.

CHEAPER

  • Bottled water can cost as much $10 per gallon, more expensive than gas.
  • If tap water cost the same as the cheapest bottled, monthly water bills would come to $9,000.
  • Americans spend more than $15 billion dollars annually on bottled water, buying 2.6 billion cases. Those who travel buy bottled water even more often.
  • One SteriPEN can clean up to 16,000 bottles of water.

BETTER FOR COMMUNITIES

  • 
Feeding the bottled water industry has taken a toll on wells from homes in rural communities by draining aquifers, lowered lake levels, and hurt wetlands. It takes three times as much water than is produced.
  • Three corporations dominate the bottled water market in the US. Pepsi has 13% of the market and Coke has 11%, both of which resell treated tap water, by putting it through an energy intensive process called reverse-osmosis. This process takes more energy than turning seawater into drinking water.

HEALTHIER

  • Most bottled water in the US is simply treated tap water sold at 1000-4000 times the price of tap. What kind of treatment are they using in the country you travel to? Who is overseeing that “treatment”? It’s safer to treat your own.
  • Age and heat leaches chemicals in plastic bottles, this causes more problems with storage and transportation. 

Reuse bottles at home as well
  • San Francisco's tap water comes from Yosemite National Park and is so pure the EPA does not require it to be filtered. A bottled of Evian water at $1.35 could be refilled with San Francisco tap water once a day for over ten years before the cost would total $1.35.

DO THE MATH

  • In the first two months of 2012, 8.1 million U.S. citizens traveled abroad according to data released by the U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries.
  • 8.1 million travelers over two months =48.6 million a year (estimated)
  • 3 bottles a day for one 2 week trip= over 3.4 billion plastic water bottles used.
  • Mexico remains the most popular foreign destination, with 3.3 million U.S. visitors in the first two months of the year. Recycling experts say that only about one-eighth of the 21.3 million plastic water and soft drink bottles that are emptied each day in Mexico get recycled.

GET A STERIPEN

  • SteriPEN water purifiers use ultraviolet light to destroy a wide variety of bacteria, viruses and protozoan cysts, such as: GIARDIA, E-Coli, Shingella & Legionella
  • You should treat water anytime you are concerned with water quality. In normal circumstances, municipal water in the United States and most developed countries are perfectly safe to drink. 
  • TAP is now an authorized dealer ofSteripens and the profits from your purchase go back to the charitable work of the TAP Campaign and sustainable travel education. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt of donation as follows: 
    -The Freedom: $47.98 
    -The Ultra: $39.98 
    -The Traveler: $19.98

GET A STERIPEN

 

TAP Blog

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