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