Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 | Author:

So, I went and saw “Tapped” last week, and it was a very interesting documentary. It was really depressing learning about how companies such as Nestle and Coke can be so cold hearted about how they extract or process water. In Nestle’s case, they pull out natural ground water in rural towns in places like Maine, and they sell it back to the people at 19 times the cost of regular tap water (and, what really freaks me out about this is that the government has no real jurisdiction over a company if it bottles and sells the water in the same state)…Companies such as Coke and Pepsi don’t even get their water from spring or “fresh” water areas, they just purify tap water and sell it for a remarkably high price and Americans just eat it up (or in this case, drink it up), without even thinking about the consequences of their actions.

These water bottling companies extract water during severe droughts, they are self-regulated (meaning the government does not demand or insist that they test it themselves), and the bottles that the water comes in could in fact carry harmful products that may cause fertility issues and cancer. Every time a person buys a bottle of water, they are essentially supporting the bottled water companies. The reason Americans like bottles water so much is because it is fast and simple. It is something that we can just take with us on the go and simply throw it away later so we do not have to wash it. This is like the epitome of laziness and Americans want things to be fast and simple. Also, the problem is that when people are done drinking from their plastic water bottle, most do not simply try to find a recycling bin to put it, so they either throw it in a regular trash can where it would end up in a land fill, or they simply litter and have those plastic bottles traveling, sometimes all over the world, to wreak havok environmentally in the oceans and beaches.

All-in-all, people just need to stop buying bottles water. The public needs to be educated more in this issue, and we can start changing what we drink “one sip at a time.” I know I would have to be hard pressed to ever buy a bottle of water again.

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  1. Dr. Szulczewski says:

    How will we ever get people to stop buying bottled water? We need some ideas and incentives.