Many people drink bottled water because they believe it is safer or healthier than tap water. People spend 100 BILLION dollars a year on bottled water. Lets’s look at the true cost of this scam…
“Most water bottles are made with polyethylene terephthalate, a plastic derived from crude oil. ”Making bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year,” says EPI researcher Emily Arnold.
“Once it has been emptied, the bottle must be dumped. According to the Container Recycling Institute, 86 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter. Incinerating used bottles produces toxic byproducts such as chlorine gas and ash containing heavy metals tied to a host of human and animal health problems. Buried water bottles can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.”
”Bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. In fact, roughly 40 percent of bottled water begins as tap water; often the only difference is added minerals that have no marked health benefit,” says the EPI.
The above quotes were taken from an article published here.
“Researchers have now examined the plastic the holds the water, and the have found some chemicals certain types of plastic contain, like phthalates and bisphenol A, may seep into the water. These toxins can disrupt the endocrine system, messing with your hormone balance. This can cause fatigue and even weight gain. Defeating the purpose of your workout/playing outside/ etc… heck it defeats the whole idea of drinking water to be healthy.”
The above quote if from this article.
“The Polaris Institute’s Inside the Bottle campaign reported that arsenic, mercury and bromide contamination has been found in bottled water, posing a serious risk to public health. In addition, the toxins in these bottles used for water were found to contain highly dangerous toxic chemicals and contaminants which are released into the air and water when these bottles are manufactured. When you consider the green house gases emitted during the production, transportation and sale of these products, and then factor in the industry’s opposition to tougher recycling rules, it becomes crystal clear that we are in an environmental mess.”
This was excerpted from this article.
So, if you are a bottled water drinker, you are not only being duped out of your money, you are helping create a huge environmental mess.
I was prompted to research this issue after watching a video that Penny Gerrand in Australia sent me after reading my post entitled The Precipice. You can watch the Severn Suzuki video here. You’ll also learn some startling facts about paper coffee cups.
Coming soon to a country near you… The Water Wars.
Did you see the latest James Bond Movie Quantum of Solace? There was the truth behind a huge story buried in that film.
On January 10, 2005 the citizens of El Alto took to the streets en masse to demand that their water system, privatized in 1997 under World Bank pressure, be returned to public hands. Three days later Bolivia’s president issued a decree canceling the water concession, led by the French water giant Suez, and an arm of the World Bank itself. The El Alto water revolt follows, by five years exactly, the now famous revolt against water privatization in Cochabamba, in which a company controlled by the Bechtel Corporation was ousted from the country.
Together, these two revolts over water should send an important message to officials at the World Bank, if they are willing to hear it. The people of Bolivia did not choose to privatize their public water systems. That choice was forced on them, as it has been in many poor nations around the world, when the World Bank made privatization an explicit condition of aid in the mid-1990s.