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09 May 13 19:40

I just watched Tapped, a documentary on the meteoric rise in usage of bottled water and beverages, and the cost they're having on access to safe water, the environment and our health.

In the 70s, water bottles were virtually unheard of. Today more than 80 million single serve bottles of water consumed daily in the US alone. 30 million of those end up in landfills.

The average recycling rate of beverage containers in the world is 50%. In the States it's around 20%. Of the bottles which never make it to recycling, some are incinerated, a lot of them just end up in the oceans. These have now formed plastic soups, with 46 times the amount of plastic compared to plankton. Just look up "great Pacific garbage patch" for more on the incredibly frightening state of our oceans. Imagine what that's doing to the entire ecosystem, which of course includes us in the chain.

So, consumers of this world, I urge you to watch this documentary so as to make informed choices about the products that you buy and the industries that you support. While being a conscious consumer can be less convenient at times, I reckon having a planet and water to drink from will definitely outweigh any discomfort.


Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. The documentary is...

Category: Food security, Climate/natural disasters, Other

1 Comment

Jennifer - 11 May 2013, 4:22 p.m.

I can't help but notice that the language the residents of that small town in Maine use to speak about their natural resources being taken over by Nestle echo sentiments I've read and heard in cases of historic Native American struggles against colonists, pioneers and the US government. In many of those scenarios, native rights were virtually non-existent (in the eyes of the non-Native Americans anyhow); even when they did exist they were routinely ignored in the face of expansionist ambitions. Not that it's a one to one analogy, but it feels like citizens' rights and concerns are largely underrepresented in this case too. I wonder if there might be any lessons from history that could be applicable in this battle for resources.

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