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Swingin' through life - switch on the tap, off the bottle

Will Da "Bass"
Date: 2008-01-30 13:45
Subject: switch on the tap, off the bottle
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Mood:amusedamused
Music:Iron & Wine - White Tooth Man
Tags:activism, advertising, environment
No, I'm not talking about beer.
A number of reasons why you are better off drinking water from the tap instead of purchasing (over-marketed) bottled water.

My favorites cited reasons:
  • Americans buy 28 billion water bottles a year, all that plastic and the energy used for manufacturing and transportation is very hard on the environment
  • Why would you want to pay more for a product whose quality is worse than the water that flows from the faucet in your home?
  • City tap water must meet standards for certain important toxic or cancer-causing chemicals, such as phthalate (a chemical that can leach from plastic, including plastic bottles); some in the industry persuaded FDA to exempt bottled water from the regulations regarding these chemicals.
  • For those who feel tap water is any less clean than bottled water, filters may be purchased; buying filter cartridges once or twice a year requires much fewer resources than buying bottled water each day
So, whether it's your budget, the environment, or the convenience, bottled water is NOT the way to go.

Like to carry it around? Purchase your own re-usable water bottle for less than the price of two "disposable" bottles! 

Plus remember, all that jazz about fresh mountain water? Usually a load of bull. Do you remember where Pepsi was getting its bottled water? c'mon, people.
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Jeff: Jc - Eyes
User: beg1n
Date: 2008-01-30 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jc - Eyes
I have to admit...I've been purchasing bottled mainly for convenience since my surgery. But you're right - I am going to buy a reusable water bottle.

Also, a friend sent me this today. Some of the numbers might be overexagerated a little, but whether they are or not the subject matter doesn't change at all.

http://www.storyofstuff.com/
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Will Da "Bass"
User: lindyboi
Date: 2008-01-30 23:46 (UTC)
Subject: good job on remembering to do it
I hear you on not having gotten around to it - so many conveniences we do just because we haven't quite thought about it. They seem so darn silly once we "do the right thing." To be lazy, though, is human.

Thanks, I'm starting to watch the story of stuff.

About all that stuff - my halfway lazy solution is
1) give away instead of throwing away http://www.freecycle.org/groups/
2) http://www.outofthecloset.org/

Then as a coworker points out. (somewhat) screw buying organically. Buy locally and cut as many of those transit/packaging elements and you're making a huge difference. Plus eating veggie, because of the cow burps. I kid you not. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2007/mar/22/germany.climatechange
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Jeff: Gasp Woman
User: beg1n
Date: 2008-01-31 05:27 (UTC)
Subject: Re: good job on remembering to do it
Keyword:Gasp Woman
Cow burps! I may need one of those pills...
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