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Old 02-10-2006, 10:22 AM   #1
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bottled water ... bad for the earth?

with apologies in advance to Dread due to it's Drudge-ian origins ... but i thought this was worthy of a thread ...

[q]Bottled water, a natural resource taxing the world's ecosystem
Feb 10 10:10 AM US/Eastern
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Bottled water consumption, which has more than doubled globally in the last six years, is a natural resource that is heavily taxing the world's ecosystem, according to a new US study.

"Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing, producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy," according to Emily Arnold, author of the study published by the Earth Policy Institute, a Washington-based environmental group.



Arnold said although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can end up costing 10,000 times more.

"At as much as 2.50 dollars per liter (10 dollars per gallon), bottled water costs more than gasoline," the study says.

It added that the United States was the largest consumer of bottled water, with Americans drinking 26 billion liters in 2004, or about one eight-ounce (25 cl) glass per person every day.


Mexico was the second largest consumer at 18 billion liters followed by China and Brazil at 12 billion liters each.

In terms of consumption per person, Italians came first at nearly 184 liters, or more than two glasses a day, followed by Mexico and the United Arab Emirates with 169 and 164 liters per person respectively.

Belgium and France follow close behind and Spain ranks sixth.

The study said that demand for bottled water soared in developing countries between 1999 and 2004 with consumption tripling in India and more than doubling in China during that period.

That has translated into massive costs in packaging the water, usually in plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is derived from crude oil, and then transporting it by boat, train or on land.

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/0....9nrba2js.html

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I buy Fruit20 because I think regular water or tap water is I'd be way dehydrated if it wasn't for that stuff!
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It is more environmentally friendly. No crude oil derived plastics - but rather recyclable cans or glass bottles.
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It is more environmentally friendly. No crude oil derived plastics - but rather recyclable cans or glass bottles.


and soooooooooo much more fun.
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yeah those aquafina commercials where everyone in the beer hall is drinking water just makes me want a beer, and to punch their ad people in the throat.

i also loved in colorado when we were going through our drought, all the local bars and liquor stores had signs that said "save water, drink more beer"
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despite all their claims to being natural or from springs, many commercial bottled water brands are actually from tap anyway......especially if it's bottled in your own state---in-state bottled water doesn't have to meet as high of standards.
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even though all our tap water is safe to drink


Marketing campaigns using subtle fear of impurities in tap water have been very successful.
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even though all our tap water is safe to drink


Marketing campaigns using subtle fear of impurities in tap water have been very successful.


hmmm ... in general, i think this is true, however it's widely reported that the tap water in the DC area, especially in poor areas with heavy minority populations, have very bad tap water with unsafe levels of lead in them. i know teachers who work in inner-city schools and she says that many of her students appear to show some signs of lead poisoning.

is this true? dunno. but i there have been well documented cases of unsafe tap water everywhere for decades (Woburn, MA, for starters).

this is why i love my Brita water filter. yes, i'm sure it's not as safe as they say, but it does seem better than nothing.

(waits for Anitram to give us a reality check on Brita filters and such)
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Until I moved in September I always just drank tap water as it was rain water and tasted good. But here UGH! The tap water is awful!

But I hate buying bottled water...so I bought a Brita filtration pitcher and all the water I use for drinking, cooking, or to give to my dogs and cats, goes through that filter. The water tastes great. It's cheap. And I don't create near the amount of waste I would if I used bottled water.

I do occasionally buy one or two bottles of water, but then I save the bottles and refill them with my filtered tap water. Works great for when I go somewhere and want to bring a bottle or two of water.
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hmmm ... in general, i think this is true, however it's widely reported that the tap water in the DC area, especially in poor areas with heavy minority populations, have very bad tap water with unsafe levels of lead in them.
Remember about 2 years ago when we in DC apparently had high levels of bacteria in our water?!? The hospital I work in (Georgetown) actually shut off all the water fountains & taps for a while!
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Remember about 2 years ago when we in DC apparently had high levels of bacteria in our water?!? The hospital I work in (Georgetown) actually shut off all the water fountains & taps for a while!


there are so many weird, fucked-up health scares in DC, and i do remember that one. i keep waiting for the announcement that says, like, "THERE IS CHYLAMYDIA IN THE WATER!!!"
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there are so many weird, fucked-up health scares in DC, and i do remember that one. i keep waiting for the announcement that says, like, "THERE IS CHYLAMYDIA IN THE WATER!!!"
Oh, it's on the way!
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