(ref: http://chrisbaskind.greenoptions.com, 6/20/2007)
Lighter Footstep editor Chris Baskind explored this issue in a popular blog posting. We’ve summarized his list here…
1. Bottled water isn’t a good value. It works out to 5 cents/ounce. Compare that to the price of gas which at $3.80/gallon works out to less than 3 cents/ounce.
2. No healthier than tap water. Because 70% of bottled water never crosses state lines, it is exempt from FDA oversight. Municipal water systems on the other hand are extremely well regulated.
3. Bottled water means garbage. Bottled water produces 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year and the bottles require up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce.
4. It means less attention to public systems. The less people drink tap water, the less attention they pay to the purity and safety of their local water.
5. It causes corporatization of water. Multinational corporations are purchasing groundwater and water distribution rights wherever they can. Access to clean water is becoming a commodity for sale rather than a basic right for people and other living creatures on this planet.