Monday, July 2, 2007

Message in a Bottle

Awhile back, I posted 5 reasons why bottled water is objectively bad. This morning, I came across an article in the July 2007 issue of Fast Company. Author Charles Fishman recites some startling information, including:

  • in 2006 Americans spent $15 billion on bottled water; in 2007 that number should reach $16 billion;
  • each week, we transport within the United States around 1 billion bottles of water in trucks, ships & trains;
  • 1 out of 6 people in the world have no safe, dependable source of drinking water;
  • if you bought and drank a bottle of Evian, you could refill that bottle once a day for 10 years, 5 months and 21 days with San Francisco tap water before that water would cost $1.35;
  • 24% of the bottled water we buy is simply municipal water repackaged by Coke and Pepsi.
I agree with Fishman's conclusion that bottled water is not a benign indulgence, but instead is grounded on social, economic and environmental inequities.

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