Bottled Water Blues!

by mynk on Jun 03, 2009      Category: Environment Tags: environment bottled water landfills

Bottled water has caused a lot of harm since its inception. We need to curb the industry at least where it is just a fancy way of drinking good old water!!!

Bottled Water Blues is very good site on the same.

Bottled Water - Healthy or Hoax?

Bottled water banned in major U.S. cities? 

Just say no to bottled water

San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, St. Louis and many other cities have recently jumped on the "ban bottled water" bandwagon, making it illegal to spend city dollars on bottled water.

The realization that bottled water is seldom of higher quality than tap water has caused a major shift in public opinion. "It causes 60 million plastic bottles A DAY to be manufactured, transported and then disposed of in U.S. landfills. It's killing our planet, and for no good reason..."
-Eric Olsen, Natural Resources Defense Council

Consumers typically buy bottled water under the misconception that it is safer, purer or healthier than tap water. Bottled water companies have spent billions to manipulate consumers into believing that bottled water is safer or healthier than tap water. Now the public is talking back and asking some very tough questions:

  * Is bottled water really better quality than tap?
  * Do plastic water bottles leach harmful chemicals?
  * Is the cost and inconvenience of bottled water just a waste of time and money?
  * Do you know that bottled water is a leading source of plastic pollution in America?
  * Are you aware that most studies show bottled water quality to be the same or lower than that of tap water?
  * Are home water filters a better option and which one is best?

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Dr. Leo Trasande of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine explains the dangers of plastic water bottles and which ones are the safest on MSNBC, April 9, 2008:
Risks from plastic water bottles.

The facts are clear: All plastic bottles leach synthetic chemicals into water, some more than others. Even the popular refillable polycarbonate water bottles are known to release BPA (Bisphenol A) into the water. The best and healthiest solution is a quality home water filter and refillable glass water bottles.

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Hundreds of recent reports reveal that bottled water quality is grossly overrated. "While much tap water is indeed risky, having compared available data we conclude that there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water."
-Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington DC.

With a home water filter, you get better quality than bottled water, pure and natural taste, the convenience of tap water and all for less than 1/10 the cost of bottled water... and no plastic bottle pollution!

Bottled Water's environmental impact:

  * 60 Million plastic bottles a day are disposed of in America alone!
  * Massive amounts of greenhouse gases are produced from manufacturing the plastic bottles.
  * Millions of gallons of fuel are wasted daily transporting filtered tap water across America and around the world.
  * It requires 3 times as much water to make the bottle as it does to fill it... it is an exceptionally wasteful industry.

Virtually every independent study on bottled water shows contamination from bacteria and/or synthetic chemicals.

"It is impossible to get chemical-free water from a plastic bottle or from the tap. A home water purifier is the only sure solution for clean healthy water... "
-Charles Strand, author of the book All About Water and Editor of WaterWarning.com

"There is no logical explanation for regular bottled water use: It costs more, offers less and pollutes our planet unforgivingly..."
-Dr. Julian Whitaker

A simple solution to plastic water bottle pollution:

Home water filtration is the most logical, most economical, most convenient and healthiest alternative to tap or bottled water. With home water filtration you can pick the degree of purity you want and have complete control over it. Considering the extreme importance of healthy, chemical free water, a quality home water filter may be the most valuable home appliance you can own. Once you look at the facts, we believe you'll join the millions of informed consumers who "Just Say No" to bottled water. It's better for you, better for our economy and better for our planet!

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kishanbhat's picture

This is complex problem, with aneed to displace an existing industry. Remember the Coke scare that they have pesticides - though there was a momentary drop in sales, the industry managed to pick it up.

We certainly need more public drinking water outlets. And this needs to spread to tourist spots too.

One thing that I can think of is see if Aquaguard/Kent/others can take ownership of these water purifiers and maintain it. Atleast it will help their business. Otherwise, sooner or later the bottled water companies will get a report out that water from these public water stations are not safe.

debamitro's picture

This issue is much deeper. I'll give the example of the Coke/cold drinks issue since I personally know some of the anti-cola activists in India. Coke is guilty of actual crimes, like:
1. Depleting ground water tables at an alarming rate.
2. Dumping toxic waste containing cadmium, chromium and lead (proved by investugations by multiple organisations) in farmers' fields
3. Not paying for the land they acquired from the panchayat in Mehdiganj (Coke is fighting a court case for this and the court ordered them to pay up)
4. Murdering its workers in Columbia

See www.mehdiganj.org and www.killercoke.org for details.

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