Ah, back-to-school season. From preparing the trunk of your car for move-in day, to raiding your local furniture store for all last-minute dorm/apartment decor, the beginning of the fall semester is always filled with some hectic traditions. The most memorable tradition, perhaps, is the giant grocery haul you make when you arrive back to college town. You know, the annual grocery trip where everyone and anyone is at the local store stocking up.
It’s easy to go down every aisle and mindlessly pick up all of the essentials, but you’d be surprised by just how much some of these products rack up your total. A sneaky culprit for a high grocery bill is water — yes, water. Stocking up on those giant cases of plastic water bottles might seem like an easy and fairly affordable way to get your hydration on, but that’s further from the truth.
Over the course of your four years at college, you may find yourself spending upwards of $7,800 just on bottled water. This is a huge expense on top of your student tuition, textbooks, and everything else that comes with being a college student. As a college student, cutting down any and every unnecessary cost is absolutely crucial (especially when you’re dealing with student loans).
Instead of grabbing a few cases of water at the beginning of your semester, establish a new routine for drinking water. Kick your water bottle tradition to the curb and try a Brita Stream. With their filter-as-you-pour technology, the Brita Stream delivers safe, clean and fresh filtered water in a matter of seconds. All you need to add is tap water from any sink or faucet and Brita does the rest.
Convenience is key
Sure, grabbing a water bottle from your fridge may seem like a quick and convenient way for taking your water on-the-go. But keeping up with purchasing cases of water bottles and constantly stopping at the convenience store on campus can be a time-consuming part of your day-to-day routine. Taking a few seconds to pour water into the top of a Brita Stream pitcher, giving it a few more seconds to filter, and pouring it into a bottle is truly a time saver in the long run.
Also, instead of being that roommate who takes up an entire shelf with just water bottles (it happens), take the initiative when the fall semester starts to save space with a Brita that only takes up a fraction of the space.
Hydration with health in mind
Not only does giving up your bottled water habit save you some serious money but drinking filtered water can actually be beneficial to your overall wellness.
Bottled water can contain BPA, or bisphenol A, which is a potentially harmful industrial chemical found in plastics. Ditching one-time-use plastic water bottles for a safer, more sustainable option is an easy way to become more mindful about what you’re consuming. Using glass or BPA-free plastic drinkware, you can easily pour clean, filtered water from your Brita Stream for an at-home solution. And for an on-the-go option, there are tons of trendy reusable (and BPA-free) water bottles out there that can easily be filled with chilled filtered water.
Brita Stream can also clear out the most common chemicals found in tap water, such as chlorine, aluminum, and fluoride, leaving you with crisp, clean water whenever you need it. This is also perfect for when you want to use filtered water when you’re brewing coffee in the morning or freezing ice cubes for a refreshing ice-cold drink. Plus, clean water means clean tasting water — nothing really beats the taste of cold, refreshing filtered water.
The Earth says thank you
It’s not a secret that plastic water bottles aren’t the most environmentally friendly. Every second, 2,000 water bottles are used. Let that sink in. It’s easy to say that using a few or even just one water bottle a day won’t make a huge negative impact, but if everyone has that mindset...you get the picture.
Do your part and take care of Mother Earth with a much more sustainable option. A single Brita Stream filter can replace up to 300 water bottles, and over time this can really make a difference on your carbon footprint. Choose a cute reusable water bottle — whether it’s an aluminum container or a tumbler with a reusable straw — and fill it on up with filtered water from your fridge. Or, if you feel like switching it up every now and then, try using several different reusable bottles. This way, you can change up your bottle for whatever mood you’re in or for when your other bottle is in need of a wash.