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Since the release of the infamous show ‘Blue Planet 2’ hosted by Sir David Attenborough, more people than ever have been opting to do all that they can to reduce their carbon footprints and plastic usage.
Buying an under-sink filtration system for your kitchen is a smart choice for many reasons, especially when it comes to saving money. However, for most homeowners, one of the most compelling is its eco-friendliness.
Here are five eco-friendly reasons why purchasing a water filtration system is an excellent idea for your home.
Reduce Plastic Waste
One of the most worrying impacts of drinking bottled water is the number of single-use plastic bottles that are generated. By investing in an under sink water filtration system, you will reduce your reliance on single-use plastic bottles. Instead of purchasing bottled water, you can enjoy clean, filtered water directly from your tap. Not only does this stop the number of plastic bottles that are shipped to landfills and oceans, but it also reduces the carbon footprint associated with the production and transportation of bottled water.
Remember, it takes plastic centuries to break down, and that, in turn, opens up plastic bottle caps and bottles to be eaten by marine life. Or, plastic that has degraded breaks down into microplastics, which have even been found in the Mariana Trench! So, reducing plastic waste is something that everyone should be aiming for.
Eliminate Harmful Chemicals
Many municipal water sources contain chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride that are added to the water supply to kill bacteria and improve dental health. While these chemicals are generally considered safe in small doses, they can have harmful impacts on the environment when they accumulate in the water. By installing an under-sink filtration system, you can remove these chemicals from your drinking water and reduce the percentage of them that get into the water stream.
An under-sink filter can also help you save energy and minimize your CO2 emissions. How? When you purchase bottled water, the water is shipped in vehicles from the plant to the store to your home. This transportation requires energy in the form of fossil fuels and electricity. By using a filter under your sink, you can eliminate much of the energy required to transport bottled water, thereby reducing your carbon footprint.
Reduce Water Waste
Another benefit of using an under-sink filtration device is that it can reduce the amount of water that is wasted in the filtration process. When you use a countertop or pitcher-style water filter, you must discard the water that is used to flush out the filter. In contrast, an under-sink water filter uses very little water to flush out the filter. In turn, this means that less water is wasted overall.
Improve Air Quality
Finally, using an under-sink water filter can also help improve air quality. When you purchase bottled water, the water must be transported using trucks that emit pollutants into the air. By using an under-sink water system, you can reduce the amount of bottled water that you purchase, which in turn reduces the amount of transportation-related air pollution.