Want to ditch all those plastic water bottles while in Mexico?
I don't blame you; not only do plastic bottles use a lot of fossil fuels & pollute the environment, they also contain bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. These endocrine disruptors, which help make plastic hard, clear and flexible, have proven to be detrimental to human health. They've been linked to 'cancer, neurological difficulties, early puberty in girls, reduced fertility in women, premature labour, and defects in newborn babies' – to name a few examples. And when these bottles are exposed to heat (or the sun) the harmful chemicals in the plastic seep right into the liquid. It's pretty scary.
Luckily, the chain supermarket Superama, in Mexico City has reverse osmosis machines in all their stores. It's clean drinking water, minus all the plastic. I fill up my gallon glass jugs once or twice a week. You can find one of these stores in almost every neighbourhood. The only thing I buy from here is water since they don't have a bulk section, but they do offer organic and imported products.
You can fill up from 1 litre - 20 litres, and it's a lot cheaper than buying bottled water, for 2 gallons it only costs me 10.30 MXN (0.55USD) I think for a 20L refill it's about 18MXN.
Cheaper? check. Safe for your health? Check. Better for the environment? check!