Well, this is heartening…(bottled water bad…)

Found at http://www.lavidalocavore.org/showDiary.do?diaryId=418

Consumers Regain (Some) Sanity

by: Jill Richardson

Tue Sep 16, 2008 at 12:38:10 PM PDT

Believe it or not, high food prices and economic recession have resulted in at least one good thing: consumers are ditching their bottled water habits!Sales of bottled water go flat as consumers return to the tap 

The ubiquitous plastic water bottle, long the bane of environmental campaigners, is being ditched by consumers in Europe and the US as incomes slump and people return to the tap for a free drink.Sales of the world’s best-known brands, including Aquafina and Volvic, have tumbled in some countries as weakening economies take a toll on household incomes and consumers become more concerned about the environmental impact of throwing away the plastic packaging of a liquid that can be drunk for free.


In the US, where bottled water consumption is higher than in any other country, supermarket sales are at their slowest rate since bottled water became popular a decade ago.Total sales volumes are up just 1 per cent this year (including recently popular brands such as Glaceau that contain added vitamins and fruit infusions), according to US soft drinks newsletter Beverage Digest. This compares with growth of 11 per cent over the same period last year, and more than 21 per cent in 2006.



(By the way…La Vida Locavore, www.lavidalocavore.org, is one of the blogs I follow fairly religiously; they are very up to date on what’s going on especially at the government levels where green and anti-green initiatives are concerned, and there are some writers who do great stuff on local forage-able herbs and stuff…they are all WAY more hardcore than I am, but it’s good info!)One of these days I’ll write a longer bottled water post, but  for me it boils down to this: WHY? Why buy disposable plastic bottles which are filled with a substance that you can get free from your tap? I mean, okay, if you live in a community where you have demonstrable poor water quality, that’s one thing (though it’s a heckuva lot cheaper and greener to buy drinking water by the gallon, or buy a water filter), but most people who don’t “trust” tap water feel that way for no actual reason beyond the marketing hype that wants to make them not trust their tap water so they’ll go out and buy bottled water.  And lately it’s been coming to light that we have absolutely no idea of whether it’s safe or not (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/us/politics/09bottle.html) –there are very few regulations in place regarding the purity or safety of bottled water, as opposed to tap water, which has much stricter standards–and there has been scary stuff found in it (http://www.ewg.org/reports/bottledwater).






Posted on July 15, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. feel free to post
    http://tinyurl.com/nd2h8q 1 min 17 sec.

  2. greenmomintheburbs

    Thanks–nice work!

    (This is a link to a short youtube video with some of Mr. Worrell’s photography, speaking out against bottled water use…very cool!)

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