7 Simple Ways to Green Up Your Kitchen (Page 7)

Filter Your Tap Water

6. Filter Your Tap Water

You might not think of water as a source of toxins, but tap water can in fact contain up to 315 pollutants, including arsenic (a heavy metal) and pesticides, according to a 2009 analysis by the Environmental Working Group. And bottled water can contain the same contaminants as tap. Fortunately, there's an easy fix: filter your tap water. Look for a filter for your sink, a pitcher filter or even one in a water bottle. Just make sure it’s certified by the Water Quality Association ( or NSF International ( to screen out pesticides from farms and golf courses that can leach into well water. In most cases, a $15-20 PUR or Brita pitcher filter will do the trick.

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