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August 02, 2007

Bottled Water Is For Suckers Environment

Amy Goodman, via Alternet:

The soft drink giant Pepsi has been forced to make an embarrassing admission: Its bestselling Aquafina bottled water is nothing more than tap water. Last week, Pepsi agreed to change the labels of Aquafina to indicate the water comes from a public water source. Pepsi agreed to change its label under pressure from the advocacy group Corporate Accountability International, which has been leading an increasingly successful campaign against bottled water. [...]

The environmental impact of the country's obsession with bottled water has been staggering. Each day an estimated 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away. Most are not recycled. The Pacific Institute has estimated 20 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the plastic for water bottles.

Economically, it makes sense to stop buying bottled water as well. The Arizona Daily Star recently examined the cost difference between bottled water and water from the city's municipal supply. A half-liter of Pepsi's Aquafina at a Tucson convenience store costs $1.39. The bottle contains purified water from the Tucson water supply. From the tap, you can pour over 6.4 gallons for a penny. That makes the bottled stuff about 7,000 times more expensive, even though Aquafina is using the same water source. [Emphasis added]

Don't be a sucker. Keep some of the plastic bottles, refill them from the tap, stick them in the fridge. Drink, refill, refrigerate. Repeat. Like Carie taught me.

Posted by Jonathan at August 2, 2007 04:24 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb


This article is actually a little misleading- although the water originates from a public water source, it is then further purified (through 7 additional steps I think I read). So it is purified water, and definitely much cleaner than what comes out of the tap!

Posted by: Jenny at August 2, 2007 04:42 PM


Posted by: ivieee at August 3, 2007 12:08 PM

Jenny has a good point. Most brands of bottle water have a source of a municipal water supply. From there though, the water is purified. If it's not, the consumer is TRULY getting ripped off.
Here is what I do to be have an ecologically sound, and cost effective way to have good water:

obtain a 5 gallon water jug (I prefer the glass ones, but mine broke recently, and I'm using plastic right now)

fill up at the water dispensing machine in front of the grocery store

fill up a one liter container to take to work (I use glass, some people claim that the thin clear plastics leach harmful chemicals into to water)

have it finished by the end of the work day

Not everyone has access to these machines. They are widely available in Austin, TX. They are hooked up to the municipal water supply. The machine (for .35 a gallon) carbon filters, does reverse osmosis, goes through UV and several other processes. This filtration system supposedly removes harmful microbes, minerals, anti pipe corrosion chemicals, and disinfection by product (the chemical that is created when chlorine is introduced to water).
One problem with always drinking filtered water is the lack of minerals. I get around this by adding Emergen-C to a glass of water every few days. Emergen-C contains a variety of minerals.

Posted by: Clay at August 3, 2007 12:20 PM