Drinking bottled water is an expensive habit. It can cost a family upwards of a 1,000 a year. And for what? About 40% of bottled water starts out as tap water. Bottled water isn’t required to meet as stringent standards as tap water and, according to the EPA, “bottled water is not necessarily safer than your tap water.” As well, bottled water can leach chemicals into the water from the plastic. Only 10 to 20% of the bottles ever get recycled and it requires significant petroleum to make the plastic, bottle the water, and ship the bottles to a store near you. A more affordable, healthier, and more ecological alternative—a GREENER option—is to filter your tap water.