The US is a country in which, almost anywhere, we can turn the tap for clean and safe water that is virtually free. Yet we seem drawn to bottled water - an incredibly expensive way to deliver the stuff, both economically and environmentally. Some thoughts from a current Time magazine article
and High Country News
- Americans drank more than 8.25 billion gallons of bottled water in 2006
- it takes oil to make the bottles and ship them thousands of miles
- the bottles and shrink wrap and cardboard promptly kick back into our garbage and recycle stream, adding to the expense and madness
- the growing habit creates the perception that tap water is unsafe, and ""An entire generation is growing up thinking they have to get their water out of a bottle.".
- the plants and processes required to collect and deliver water to us in this way come with all kinds of baggage.
In the "Time" article, Allen Hershkowitz, an industrial ecologist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
marvels, "It's like marketing air".
Marketing genius - consumer madness - and incredibly wasteful.
"Time" wraps up their article with
"But if we're really going to cut the environmental cost of bottled water, the responsibility lies with consumers. It may be hard to do without the car--a much bigger source of CO2 than bottled water--and uncomfortable to forgo air-conditioning, but giving up the bottle is easy. Just turn on the tap
Friends don't let friends drink bottled water. It's bad for all of us.