It’s been maybe two years since I bought a package of bottled water form the supermarket, but I’m always grabbing one at convenience stores while on the road. Living in the dry state of Arizona (dry as in lack of moisture) you learn to not go far without water in reach. I’ve kept a fleet in my fridge, using them for runs, and yes, I refill them from my tap. Someone will respond and inform me that this is a cancer risk (Snopes is mixed). If you look around all the objects in any room in your house, you could probably find some study somewhere that anything is linked to cancer.
But that’s straying from the point.
A blog post from Heather turned me on to the Story of Bottled Water. Wow, I may be the only one on my twitter list who forgot to watch Anne Leonard’s Story of Stuff, so this was my first taste of her style:
We’ve been duped! The craze for bottled water was done by the sugar candy soda drink makers seeking new revenue, so they manufactured a demand by a message of “tap water is bad”. The amount of money that goes into bottling what is often tap water, transport, generating plastic, is just obscene. And that whole bit where Anne talks of tracking the recycling of plastic to shipping by boat to be dumped in India… well, makes me feel like I am wearing the shirt that says “SUCKER”.
Like thinking because of a name or pictures of mountains that the water is really precious stuff from polynesian islands- instead you are paying 100x the real cost? Man, are we sheep or what?
Plus the video style is brilliant!
So what can you do? I am kicking the habit.
My tap water, from local wells, is damned good mountain water.
I ordered a set of Kleen Kanteen stainless steel bottles to use now on for reusable containers. I’m keeping one or two in the truck, and using the smaller ones for my running (if I ever get back to that).
As far as the plastic ones I have, they are going into the storage under the house until I can convince some of my friends in Phoenix to let me bring them down and put in their recycling (we have none up in my small town). I am hoping these ones really are recycled!
There it is, I am kicking the habit.
Now fill me on on all the contrary facts.