Posts Tagged ‘bottled water’

Make you Fink on Friday

Why You Should Never Drink Bottled Water

#1 The Beginning of the Insanity

Imagine there was a time when bottled water didn’t exist in our catalog of popular commodities. Perhaps the trend started in 1976 when the chic French sparkling water, Perrier made its introduction. There it was seductively bottled in its emerald green glass amongst the era of disco and the spectacle of excesses . . . who could resist right?!

What could be more decadent than to package, sell and consume what most consider (in the western world) a common human right easily supplied through a home faucet! It wasn’t until the 1990s when bottled H2O became an everyday common sight and a symbol of our cultural desire towards fitness and “health-consciousness”. Even today health enthusiasts claim drinking water often helps to “detox and boost the metabolism!”

There have been controversies about chemicals leeching into the water from the soft plastic material of bottles, but the FDA determined the containers “do not pose a health risk to consumers.” IBISWorld reports that the “U.S. is the largest consumer for bottled water in the world, followed by Mexico, China, and Brazil”.

#2 The Bottled Water Scheme

Regular drinking water competes with itself in a bottle, but reviewing the cost difference, you’ve got to wonder why or how? As for the water piped into your home or work place, it costs less than one penny per gallon! Fairfax Water organization, (FCWA) states, “The average price of water in the U.S. is about $1.50 for 1,000 gallons.”

Let’s look at your favorite 20 oz. bottled H2O, it will run you up to $3 per bottle at the corner convenience store and up to $4 at a posh restaurant or nightclub. If you buy bulk at Costo or other markets, the price averages are .31 cents per bottle, but that still remains enormously expensive when compared to tap water. Granted many don’t like tap water quality, but modern technology allows for an array of water filters.

In the mid-1990s, soda companies found that the niche market for bottled water could be huge, why not? The profits were obvious! Pepsi and Coca-Cola jumped into a race with their brands Aquafina and Dasani; they led the way to making bottled water what it is today.

Read more, starting here.


Clearly one of the biggest cons perpetrated on the Western World.

I live in a third world country and I still drink tap water.

Monday Moaning

It’s absurd that the cost of designer water is at a “280,000% markup” to your tap water and it’s reaching record heights in consumption.The comforting illusion of better water (bottled water) requires a lot of resource to manufacture and merchandise. The industry requires the cost of natural rivers and streams, semi-truck exhaust and diesel fuel, packaging, labeling, pollution of non-biodegradable plastic and the managing of recycling centers.

If you visit a gas station store or grocery store, you’re bound to see that a full third of all cold beverages on sale are bottled water. The Sierra Club explains, “Annually the water bottles themselves take about 1.5 million tons of plastic to manufacture for the global market.” Did you know plastics come from oil and therefore it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil a year?

Additionally the manufacturing process releases toxins into the environment, such as nickel, ethylbenzene, ethylene oxide and benzene. Even with current plastic recycling centers, “most used bottles end up in landfills, adding to the landfill crisis.”


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Satireday on Eco-Crap


Change the World Wednesday – Special

For the Lenten period Reduce Footprints is doing a daily challenge. I will attempt to keep up with them, not necessarily on the day. I make no promises.


CTWW Daily Challenge – 24th Feb

Only use your washing machine when you have a full load, and run it on cold whenever possible. Run at maximum spin to reduce drying times and avoid using a tumble drier, opting instead for a clothesline. A typical washing machine uses 90% of its energy to heat the water. Generally, cold water gets your clothes just as clean and saves about 2 pounds of CO2 per load.

I win!

No washing machine, no drier and no hot water!

LOL – That was an easy one…

CTWW Daily Challenge – 23rd Feb

Say no to bottled water and drink tap water. Buy a refillable, washable bottle to use instead. More than 150 billion liters of bottled water are sold worldwide every year. This contributes significantly to landfill and transport emissions.

I only drink water from the tap. I refuse to buy water.

I win again!

But I am going to comment here. I drink tap water because I am on the downhill slope of life, (yes, I’m over 40… well over and well down the hill) so an issue like fluoride in the city water supply doesn’t worry me any more from a personal point of view, basically a little more fluoride won’t make a lot of difference to me.

However, young people who live in cities where the water supply is fluoridated need to be concerned; especially families with young children. We know that fluoride is a poison, in fact it’s a rat poison, we know that the city councils that add fluoride are in reality committing a criminal offence against the populous. The only escape from fluoride for these people is bottled water that is free from fluoride for drinking and cooking.

I would up the ante on this challenge and say make your voice heard, email, write, phone, talk to your city councilors, voice your objection.

Because city water should be fluoride-free!

If you want/need fluoride treatment; and it should be a choice not arbitrarily imposed on you, you can consult your doctor or dentist and they can supply oral or topical dosages as necessary.

I have often joked… “Never drink water… because fish pee in it; however, if you must then sterilise it with whisky first!”

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