Bottled Water Is A Scam

October 13, 2007

If you think you can taste the difference between Fuji brand water and ‘drinking’ water from the grocery store you’re the victim of some very powerful marketing. Turns out that a lot of Americans will choose tap water over fancy name brand water in blind taste tests. Here’s another blind taste test. More appalling is the flagrant mis-use of natural resources needed to ship ‘glacial spring water’ from the glacier to your neighborhood. Then there are the un-recycled water bottles that are made from plastic (derived from oil and natural gas) that clog landfills and beaches throughout the world. In addition to all of these environmental reasons for not drinking bottled water, it turns out that gasoline is actually cheaper(by volume) than most bottled water products.

water bottle trash

I thought clean drinking water was a basic human right. Small towns in the U.S. are witnessing their municipal water being purchased by conglomerates like Nestle Corporation, repackaged and sold back to Americans as “pure spring water”. On so many levels this is wrong. So wrong in fact the City of Burbank in California has a new bottled-water policy which calls for city employees to use tap water during official meetings and City Hall proceedings. Other parts of the country too are realizing the huge negative economic and environmental effect those ”healthy” little bottles can have. Inside the Bottle urges that everyone mobilize to prevent consumption of bottled water.

The bottled water industry even have their own website dedicated to helping people sell more of their harmful products.

The Environmental Working Group can help you determine the quality of the tap water in your area.

A trip to the water cooler will feel so much healthier if you don’t make any trash in the process.

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2 Responses to “Bottled Water Is A Scam”

  1. remistevens Says:

    There’s a lunchroom at my work for visiting school groups. $3 for a bottle of water, or a nearby fountain. Somehow they still sell the bottles- talk about effective marketing.

    What’s wrong with these kids? I always spent my childhood cash on candy and Archie comics.

  2. remistevens Says:

    Read an interesting article, here in Ontario we are unable to process all our recycled goods. So we ship 40000 tonnes of plastic to China to be melted down and shipped back to us as cheap toys and such.

    Capitalism seems to be more of a system geared towards selling packages, not products.


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