When I was a little girl living in the pre-Westernised Ukraine, I was never exposed to plastic bottled water. Sure, we had sparkling water from the mineral springs that came in glass bottles (which were collected and returned back to the shops for little money) but the plastic didn’t appear until we’ve learnt the new, modern ways of the West.
Our old ways meant that we drank water from the tap, often boiled beforehand as the water systems weren’t always hygienically reliable, or sourced from a local water well or water pump on the street. We drank lots of teas and fruit compotes made with tap water at home rather constantly buying bottled water and soft drinks from the supermarket. A bottle of sweet fizzy drink (again it used to be in a glass bottle) was a treat. You could often find a soda water machine on the streets, which dispensed carbonated fizzy water into a supplied glass that you then had to wash and leave for the next person. Not very hygienic, I know, but it worked and everyone was drinking it. We even had places where you could go and refill your soda water making siphon with more gas to make your own ‘Piralle’ at home.
Slowly the new ways crept in and plastic bottles and packaging appeared everywhere. The novelty of having the convenience to quench your thirst whenever and wherever you want meant that the old ways became obsolete unless you couldn’t afford plastic bottled water. It saddens me now when I look back on it. I like the old ways. I still drink water from the tap or use a filter where necessary. I love filling up my carry bottle from a water fountain in Italy or from a spring in the mountains. I feel proud that by choosing to drink tap water, I take part in saving our planet for many generations to come.
Think about all the packaging, shipping and energy required to get a bottle of water from the water source to the shops and in your hands. Drinking bottled water comes at a cost to us and to our environment. The good news is that we can change it! It’s a matter of changing your daily habits and raising awareness for others. That’s why I’ve decided to run a 30 Day Water Challenge. I want to encourage people to drink more water to improve their wellbeing and to drink it from the tap to improve the wellbeing of our planet.
I’m running this challenge in conjunction with tap™ (Sydney water product brand) because I have a lot of respect for what they’re trying to do and I really want to spread their message beyond Sydney. If you care about your health and that of our planet, join me for 30 days (because that’s how long it takes to make or kick a habit) to drink more water and to cut your bottled water consumption to as close to 0% as possible.
There are three simple rules to this challenge:
1. Pledge to drink tap water on tap™ website – even if you’re not from Sydney. The issue is global, people!
2. Drink between 1-2 liters of water per day to stay hydrated and maintain healthy body functions. Drinking enough water increases energy levels, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins, boosts immune system and improves skin complexion – and that’s just some of the benefits. Read more about the role water plays in your wellbeing here.
3. Try to go for 30 days without buying a single plastic bottle of water and improve the wellbeing of our planet. Want to learn more about how much impact you have, check out this cool interactive.
By the way, don’t worry if you don’t start this challenge at the same time as me. You can do it in your own time too.
What you will need
- Find out from your local city council or water authorities about the tap water quality in your area. More often than not it’s safe to drink, especially in the urban centers. Otherwise, get yourself a filter or a large kettle to boil the water and a jug to keep some handy in the fridge. Learn more about how to purify water here.
- Get yourself a good size carry water bottle that you can refill at home, in the office or from public water sources and fresh springs. In fact, I recommend having a few bottles around – one in your bag, one in the office, one in the car and one at home.
- Sign up to Lift on your smartphone or the website and join 30 Day Water Challenge group to track your daily water consumption. It’s a great app for kicking your daily goals!
Not sure which water bottles are safe to use? Check out this great post by Mark Sisson on different types of water bottles. He is also an advocate for tap water drinking.
Oh wait, I have some water bottles right here!
tap™ has provided me with 5 stainless steel water bottles to give away to 5 lucky winners. To go in the draw to win, simply enter you name, email address and tell us in 25 words or less your daily habit that helps to keep our planet healthy (sorry, only open to Australian residents this time). If you don’t wish to subscribe to my monthly newsletter full of yummy content and updates, just untick the box.
Spread the love
I wanted to make this into a communal challenge so we can track our progress together. Here are a few things you can do to join the community and to help us spread the message:
- Join me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for weekly updates, motivation and conversation with other challenge participants.
- Use this hashtag #edp30tap when sharing your experience and updates on social media.
- Share this page with others to spread the message or leave a comment below.
Find out more about Tap Sydney and reasons to drink tap water, watch this video.