Carry a plastic water bottle at your own risk; the pressure of social belief is forming away from you. From high rating documentaries, to articles and political debate, the biggest issue on the soapbox is the menace around bottled water and the waste that the industry creates.
The producing, moving and removal of water in petrochemical plastic bottles demands big use of water alongside energy, and pumps out tremendous measures of greenhouse gases and waste.
Director of the new documentary ‘Tapped: get off the bottle’ Stephanie Soechtig says 1500 water bottles end up in landfill every second that s 30 million water bottles a day! We wanted to show people just how much waste is generated by bottled water. The Tapped team are pushing the movie with their across-America roadshow, taking donations from Americans to lower their water bottle use and changing their empty plastic water bottle in exchange for a reusable stainless steel bottle. Download Tapped from Amazon or iTunes.
Another such film ‘The Story of Bottled Water’ was released on World Water Day in March. Created by Annie Leonard of the acclaimed ‘The Story of Stuff’, this short film delves into the strategy that goes into conning Americans into consuming at least hundreds of millions of bottles of water every week, as opposed to a few cents cost for clean tap water. See this new animation on You Tube.
With her book ‘Bottlemania’, investigator Elizabeth Royte explores one of the biggest marketing tricks of the twentieth century and provides a sudden environmental wakeup call. She details the problems we must eventually answer to. Who distributes our water distribution? What can happen when a bottled-water company holds your town s source? Is the water coming out of the tap completely safe? What is the environmental factor of production, transportation and waste of every plastic water bottle?
Politicians around the international community are acknowledging that they must take action markedly when the buildings at which they work are large consumers of bottled water. How often do we see a politician in a political debate sipping from a water bottle. Why can’t they must be able to find a water glass in Parliament House.
Leslie Samuelrich of Corporate Accountability International, told “Cities and states are spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on bottled water, and that’s not to mention what’s spent to deal with all the plastic bottles that are thrown out.”
In July 2009, the NSW rural town of Bundanoon became the first group from Australia to prevent the selling of bottled water. Around 60 places in the States and a few cities in Canada and the United Kingdom have lately ceased expending taxpayer holdings on bottled water.
Surely these dilemmas will be on the agenda during World Water Week 2010 from September 5 to 11 in Stockholm, Sweden, the annual meeting for the environment’s most time-sensitive water-related problems.
Article written by Tracey Bailey, founder of Biome Eco Stores. For more information about eco-friendly water bottle choices, visit Biome Eco Stores today.