The Story of Bottled Water

We know that it’s healthy to drink more water, but all of those empty plastic bottles are an environmental nightmare! Annie Leonard from The Story of Stuff is taking on the bottled water industry with her newest video, The Story of Bottled Water:


Say no to bottled water.

Fortunately, there are lots of easy ways that we can “take back the tap!” Megan found a bunch of handy water purification systems, so that even if the tap water in your area isn’t stellar, you can feel safe drinking it.

If you do tend to get thirsty on the go, it’s easy as pie to grab a reusable bottle on the way out the door. While Sigg bottles used to contain BPA, the company’s new line is BPA free. If you’re still a little wary about Sigg, you might check out REI’s selection of BPA-free bottles.

If you want to get more active, check out Care2’s pledge to protect water quality. Over at The Story of Bottled Water, they have a list of ways you can take action, too!

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  • Roberto Torricella

    I drink PRUFIED (not just filtered) tap water. By purifying it using reverse osmosis, not only is the total dissolved solids brought down to levels below 50 ppm but the dangerous chlorine is eliminated as well as the risk that mandatory water desinfectants create in water as carcinogenic byproducts known as trihalomethanes. EPA still believes that the traces of these THMs they consider safe in drinking water is satisfactory and IT IS NOT. The same holds true for the thousands of pharmaceutical contaminants in our tap water that are unregulated.

  • That’s a great point, Roberto!

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  • CMOORE

    I have a problem thinking of a world without bottled water, and you may as well add sodas, juices, teas, energy drinks, and now relaxation drinks as well. You could also add beers, and wine coolers too because they generate waste also. If you are somewhere and you are thirsty, what are you going to drink if you want water? Stop in a restaurant and pay for a glass of water? or Are you going to use somebody's hose? Or are you just going to wait until you get home to drink out of the faucet? Let's say you use a Sigg bottle, what happens when that runs out? How do you refill say if you are on the road or at a baseball game, or driving to gramas 3 towns away? Do you carry a 5 gallon jug wherever you go to refill it with tap water.
    Let's face it, that's just not convenient or practical.
    I understand the fact that there is huge environmental footprint and tons of waste associated with bottled water as well as other bottled beverages, but it is convenient and a necessity, and really nothing is in balance on this planet as it should be, but you definitely cannot ignore the fact that convenience and availability of beverages is very important in our busy days and lives.
    As a human and more than likely a consumer, you are going to come to a time where you are absolutely unprepared for a liquid beverage to consume and don't have happen to have one. Therefore, I believe bottled beverages, bottled water and convenient consumables will continue to be a necessity in this world and if everyone tried to moderate their own consumption of convenient beverages the environment would be alot better off.

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