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Old 02-02-2007, 03:29 AM   #1
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Is buying bottled water wrong?

David Suzuki thinks so and I think he has a point.

Dr. David Suzuki is Canada's foremost environmentalist and ranked the highest Greatest living Canadian. At the age of 70, Suzuki is presently touring Canada to get feedback from Canadians about the environment.

"I think in Canada it's absolutely disgusting that people are so uncertain about their water that we buy it, paying more for bottled water than we do for gasoline."

Moreover, he said it's destructive to import bottled water from producers in countries such as France.

"It's nuts to be shipping water all the way across the planet, and us — because we're so bloody wealthy — we're willing to pay for that water because it comes from France," he said in an interview.

"I don't believe for a minute that French water is better than Canadian water. I think that we've got to drink the water that comes out of our taps, and if we don't trust it, we ought to be raising hell about that."

Key environmental issues with bottled water, Suzuki said, are waste and uncertainty over the long-term health effects created by plastic.

"Not only does bottled water lead to unbelievable pollution — with old bottles lying all over the place — but plastic has chemicals in it," he said.

"Plastics are ubiquitous. I don't believe that plastics are not involved in a great deal of the health problems that we face today."

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Old 02-02-2007, 05:06 AM   #2
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I've thought along these lines ever since the cryptosporidium and giardia crisis hit Sydney and everyone went nuts and decided that even after the water was declared clean bottled water was the way to go.

I dont know what irritates me more; seeing people surgically attached to their bottled water, or surgically attached to their little coffee cups.

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Old 02-02-2007, 06:22 AM   #3
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The bottled water I (occasionally) buy is Australian water, so it hasn't travelled from France... and further more, I mostly only buy it for the bottle, which I re-use many many times by re-filling it with tap water. I don't think that makes me a bad person...
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I'm not a fan of bottled water either. I live in an area where there is no reason for people to drink bottled water, because the water is clean. But people buy that stuff all the time. However, when I lived in DC, the water was so nasty you could actually see things floating in it, and it had sort of a brown color. The city actually sent brita filters to our house, and people were told not to drink the tap. THAT is when using bottled water is necessary.

I don't understand why so much money is spent on importing water, when the same money can be used to build better water systems.

Also, I think it sucks that people can just get bottles of water whenever they want, when there are 1 billion people in this world who do not have access to free, safe, drinking water. Granted, I know we can't just ship buckets of water to the people in these countries, but it just really bothers me how there is an abundance of water access here (all we have to do is turn on our taps, and there it is!) and there are so many who have to walk for miles to get water...and that water might not even be drinkable.
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Old 02-02-2007, 06:59 AM   #5
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But Kate Moss needs to drink liters of Evian water and take a bath in Evian water every now and then.

You can't imagine how important that is.
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:06 AM   #6
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Originally posted by Alisaura
further more, I mostly only buy it for the bottle, which I re-use many many times by re-filling it with tap water. I don't think that makes me a bad person...
i totally agree. i buy water so that i can have the bottle that i can carry arroud so that i have water to drink. especially in summer, when is stinking hot (not so much this year as any sydney sider will agree with).

anyway, what is worse, buying water, or buying soft drinks????
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:12 AM   #7
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I don't get why such advanced nations that we live in can't provide clean tap water to people's homes

My tap water is pretty clean though, can't remember the last time I bought bottled water.
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I've never bought bottled water. Grand Rapids was the first city in the world to add fluoride to city water. I've always been a "city girl" so I've always had city water, not well water. Unless you have a bad well, there's no reason to buy bottled water. If you want the minerals out of the water, you should get one of those faucet attachments instead of creating all that waste with plastic bottles. For water at work/school I use one of those indestructible hiking bottles.

Being in Tanzania was the first time I drank bottled water, and I felt strange/guilty the entire time.
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Old 02-02-2007, 09:01 AM   #9
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I buy bottled water occasionally, most likely if I'm out somewhere and soda is the only thing to drink or traveling in an airport. I use a brita at home. when I go work out, I fill a bottle and I take it with me. when I was still living in NY though, I always drank the tap water. thought it was the best tasting water. I tend not to drink the tap in IL though.
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:34 AM   #10
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I buy bottled water, but only the cheap stuff that the local grocery store throws in a big milk-type jug. It's possible they're just filling it up with tap water at headquarters or something, but it tastes better than the tap water in my apartment, so I'm fine with it. My tap water has a metallic taste, and honestly I'd rather spend a buck on a jug of water so I can have water that tastes like nothing, the way water is supposed to taste.
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Our apartment has nasty tap water too but for some reason if I fill a jug or glass and let it sit for a little while it tastes fine.
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I've always thought buying water is stupid if the tap water is safe. It's a waste of money and resources. I understand it once in a while - you're thirsty and not near a tap, or you want the bottle, or it's really cheap and you want a crate to grab one for workouts or whatever. But Perrier etc disgusts me. Tap water can be filtered and refridgerated (cold water always tastes better).
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I will drink bottled water if I habe to, I sure as hell don't feel guilty about it.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:44 PM   #14
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There is something much worse than buying / paying 2 dollars for bottled water.
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I don't buy bottled water. If I want to drink water, tap is good enough for me. I don't have to drink some fashionable bottled water from France. The guy has a good point. There are millions of people all over the world who don't have access to clean water, and that's a crime.

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