The Story of Bottled Water (2010)

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By Brett Weinstein (talk) (Uploads – Own work by the original uploader, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link A large pile of half-pint Poland Spring bottles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

storyofstuffproject | March 17, 2010

The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.

Our production partners on the bottled water film include five leading sustainability groups: Corporate Accountability International, Environmental Working Group, Food & Water Watch, Pacific Institute, and Polaris Institute.

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  7. I bring in $80-100 a month by collecting bottles and cans in my neighborhood. It was closer to $150 when my car was working. About 75% of what I bring in is water bottles. It’s insane.

    Our tap water isn’t that good. It’s chlorinated to hell and gone, and I am uncomfortable with the abandoned DoD contractor factory 10 minutes from my house that has probably been leaching heavy metals and other ick into the creek that runs through the property. It’s pretty sad when a kid who spends most of her time in NYC says your suburban water tastes bad, but it is what it is. My husband and stepdaughter talked me into buying a Brita water filter and the difference in taste really is like night and day.

    Over-chlorination to water was first done during World War II in order to force the sales of Coca Cola overseas. It was propagated via the US military, who drank it because the water they were being provided stank so badly of chlorine.

    Today bottled water is big business. I was looking at land in upstate NY, there are two parcels with natural springs for sale for 2.5 million each if anyone’s interested. Heh.

    Meanwhile in a local town near me, one of the last set of natural spring systems was shut down a few years ago because the water quality supposedly wasn’t good. That was a lie, I used that water to make prizewinning homebrew all the time. The real reason was one of the spring outlets was near a beer distributor and it was eating into their business. So they blocked it off and all the grass died in the nearby park. Idiots.

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