Make Your Own:
Bottled Water Myths
Your Own "Bottled Water" and Save Big While Helping the
by Josh Day
Japanese. You wouldn't know it. It's in the Japanese character to
do this sort of thing. They build these special ships... and sail
them to the farthest navigable extremes... and look for the bluest
iceberg they can find... and they tow it back. And one is able to
drink something... that was last in liquid form about 30,000 years
ago. Expensively clean."
"What does it taste like?"
between Morgan Freeman and William Converse-Roberts in Kiss the
of bottled water is often depicted alongside such smug, yuppie individuals
as the character who just made the above speech. Starting at a dollar
for a 12 or 20 oz bottle from a vending machine, the price of bottled
water can go as high as $60 for a single bottle of the pretentious
Bling H20, a product that's more about the glitzy bottle and
flaunting one's ridiculous level of wealth than the average water
within (Bling H2O is manufactured in Tennessee!). (most-expensive.net)
check out what Wikipedia has to say about bottled water:
bottled water companies are facing criticism as consumer's concerns
about the environment increase. Believers of global warming say
packaging and shipping water consumes energy and contributes to
global warming. Empty bottles add to litter and solid waste. As
a rule, bottled water is no safer or healthier than the water that
flows from municipal water systems. The Natural Resources Defense
Council, Sierra Club and World Wildlife Fund have all urged their
supporters to consume less bottled water and various campaigns against
bottled water are starting to appear. Many believe that bottled
water is no better than tap water and that home water filtration
may also be a viable option. [...]
developed countries, demand is driven by a variety of factors including
convenience, the perception that bottled water may be safer than
local municipal water, and taste preferences. Packaging and advertising
work to foster these perceptions and brand bottled water in ways
similar to branded soft drinks. [...]
2006, the US bottled water sales surpassed 8 billion gallons of
water exceeding sales of all other beverages except carbonated soft
give a round of applause to the advertising firms who have yet again
convinced the gullible American public a need exists for a product
that's essentially worthless.
that, you say? A plastic bottle of water in a vending machine is healthier
than a bottle of Coke? Forget the fact they both cost the exact same
amount, and forget that sodium is often used as an additive in many
vendible bottled waters.
all, filling up a canteen or sports bottle from a free water fountain
just doesn't quite deliver quite the same image these marketing
agencies have cultivated in the public's eye.
to see what this bottled water craze is doing to the environment?
2004 the total global consumption of bottled water was 41 billion
gallons, a 57 percent increase from the 98 billion litres consumed
in 1999. Americans buy about 28 billion water bottles a year. 80%
end up in landfills.
arguments made for this include that, unlike tap water, bottled
water uses up oil and other fossil fuels to be produced and shipped,
fills up landfills, represents wasted money, and does not go through
nearly as rigorous filtering and cleansing processes. Because of
this, some have advocated people to stop buying and consuming bottled
water so much and instead consume tap water. In 2007, a water wholesaler
in the Santa Clara County of Northern California launched a campaign
promoting drinking tap water over bottled water.
Pacific Institute estimates that producing the bottles for American
consumption in 2006 required the equivalent of more than 17 million
barrels of oil. The manufacture of every ton of PET produces around
3 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Bottling water thus created more
than 2.5 million tons of CO2 in 2006.
the bottle is created and filled with water, large amounts of fossil
fuel are expended delivering the water from its source to end user
by means of ground transportation. Some bottled water is transported
long distances by ship in addition to the distances it travels by
truck or rail. It takes a fair amount of energy to move a plastic
bottle from where it is made, to where it is filled, then to the
store, and finally into the consumer's hand. 250g of CO2 are released
for each bottle of FIJI Water imported to the United States. This
includes 93g for manufacturing a bottle in China, 4g for transporting
an empty bottle to Fiji, and 153g for shipping a full bottle to
the United States.
the average energy cost to make the plastic, fill the bottle, transport
it to market and then deal with the waste would be "like filling
up a quarter of every bottle with oil." (Peter Gleick, an expert
on water policy and director at the Pacific Institute in Oakland,
also takes water to make a bottle. If a container holds 1 litre
it requires 3 to 5 litres of water in its manufacturing process
(the higher estimate includes power plant cooling water).
amount of water used to manufacture and fill water bottles is only
a small fraction of the amount of global water withdrawals, since
by far most water used by humans goes to irrigated agriculture and
other large scale uses. But the local effects of bottled water are
of growing concern in communities with large bottled water plants
tapping into local aquifers. For example, large commercial bottlers
are trying to meet growing demand for their product and are projecting
large increases in coming years. Companies like Perrier's Zephyrhills
facility are requesting to increase their pumping from a spring
on a private ranch in central Florida by 600 percent in the next
10 years. The request was denied by a judge ruling that the pumping
could dry up Tampa Bay kitchen sinks, some 37 miles downstream.
a local level, water bottlers may adversely affect ground water
levels if they bottle more water than is naturally replenished.
Rivers are delicate ecosystems. Tapping springs and aquifers even
on a small scale can alter the movement of sediment in nearby streams,
which can in turn disrupt the food supply for fish and other wildlife.
"It's a very complicated system, and we don't have a very good
predictive understanding of how the properties of the river channel
will be affected [by large-scale pumping]," warns Kurt Cuffey,
assistant professor of geology at the University of California at
intrusion is another problem with tapping aquifers in coastal areas.
In healthy ecosystems along coastal areas there is a natural flow
of groundwater that pushes freshwater out against the saltwater,
creating a kind of sea wall. When the groundwater is being over
used and the flow falters as a result the saltwater will begin to
creep underground, ruining drinking water, wetlands, and crops.
Saltwater intrusion is already a problem in parts of coastal California,
Florida, and New York as a result of the demandsincluding
water for bottlingbeing made on local water supplies.
the materials used for water bottles are generally recyclable, around
80% of bottled water bottles sold in the U.S. end up in landfills;
only 20% are recycled. Worldwide, recycling rates are even lower:
up to 90% of bottles are not recycled.
you lost your thirst for bottled water yet?
Dr. Ben Kim has something to say
about the plastic out of which you're drinking:
chloride, also known as PVC or vinyl, is arguably one of the most
toxic types of plastic in our lives.
reason why PVC is so toxic is that it is often mixed with softening
chemicals called plasticizers, the most well known variety being
to PVC and the plasticizers that often come with it have been strongly
associated with an increased risk of developing the following conditions:
and developmental problems
of connective tissue throughout the body, also called scleroderma
malignant tumor arising from tubules that are near the gall bladder
and liver, also called a cholangiocarcinoma
malignant tumor arising from a blood vessel, also called an angiosarcoma
wonder what that 3 symbol surrounded by three arrows in a triangle
is? No, it's not a recycling mark... it's the resin identification
code of products made with PVC.
wasting your money, potentially harming your health, and certainly
hurting the environment. Don't let the advertising execs insult your
intelligence while nickel and diming you to death any longer. Stop
buying bottled water in disposable, one-time containers.
news is 3 and 5-gallon bottles in ceramic, glass, and even non-PVC
plastic are available in many stores. Some stores even have reverse
osmosis vending machines where you can buy water for as low as 26
cents a gallon.
can save and help the environment further by becoming your own exclusive
water bottler. Equipped with a quality, California-certified water
filter, you'll be drinking water tastier and more likely better for
you than anything in a disposable bottle.
Brimley used to say, "It's the right thing to do, and the tasty
way to do it."
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