A S.A.V.E. member asked the question, “Which is better: boxed water or bottled water?” So we sought an answer from Adam Cassi, Director of Keep Toledo and Lucas County Beautiful and our speaker in our 2020-2021 Lecture Series.
His answer? Boxed water is better.
Reverse osmosis removes all (known) microplastics, so it is going to be healthier than water in plastic.
The container is 100% recyclable. Curbside, just throw it in. If you are taking it to a drop-off location, it would go in with other “containers” (so with the plastic and cans, not with paper or cardboard).
Only slightly longer answer:
Any single use product is not good for the environment. Switch to a reusable container and if you are worried about microplastics and chemicals in your water, get a filter for your home (it will save you money in the long run).
If you have to make a choice between a single use plastic water bottle and boxed water, the boxed option is more environmentally friendly.