Paris as a pioneer against plastic bottles

The city of Paris is fighting the spreading plastic flood through water in plastic bottles with what I think is a great idea. In France, around 8.7 billion litres of water are consumed in plastic bottles every year. In Paris alone, half of all inhabitants drink water from plastic bottles outside the home. In addition, about three quarters of the 33.8 million tourists quench their thirst with water in plastic bottles. Only every second bottle finds its way into the recycling system.

Now the city of Paris has launched the campaign “Ici je choisis l’eau de Paris” (I choose the water from Paris) against plastic waste from water bottles. The idea: Parisian shops and restaurants fill up water bottles or other containers with tap water free of charge when required. The aim is to reduce the mountain of waste caused by plastic bottles.
More than 500 bars and shops are already taking part. Wouldn’t this be an action worthy of imitation that we should also follow?

Besides the fact that bottled water creates unnecessary plastic waste, it is also completely overpriced. Recently, I bought a bottle of water at a petrol station to quench my thirst and almost choked on the price: 3.80 euros for 0.5 litres!
Despite the astronomical fuel prices at the moment, you can almost get 2 litres of diesel for that. Even if this may have been a particularly extreme example, it is hard to deny that bottled water is disproportionately expensive compared to tap water.

If you really want to save money in times of inflation and also otherwise, you drink tap water instead of bottled mineral water, because tap water is very cheap in Germany, on average a litre costs about 0.2 cents. A cubic metre of drinking water (that’s 1,000 litres) currently costs 1.76 euros in Munich and 1.80 euros in Hamburg.

Tap water is also the better choice for our climate: the carbon footprint for bottled water until it reaches the consumer is extremely poor compared to tap water.

Anyone who has concerns about whether the tap water in their home is of sufficient drinking quality – old building, cloudiness or rust, taste or odour – can treat it hygienically at home with Seccua filters. The pores of our Seccua UrSpring BeWell ultrafiltration system form an almost complete barrier against all pathogens: up to 99.99 percent of all viruses and 99.99999 percent of all bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms are retained. Turbidity, rust stains, microplastics and other particles are reduced to below the visibility limit. Seccua also offers proven solutions for the significant reduction of dissolved ingredients such as pharmaceutical residues, hormones, pesticides and plasticisers. The water is in microbacterially perfect condition after treatment with Seccua equipment.

This makes tap water an environmentally friendly, healthy and inexpensive thirst quencher – whether on the road or at home. #bottledwater #plasticwaste #seccua