Bottled Water continued …

The NYT today has piece on bottled water.  I love the opening stat….

Drinking 8 glasses of water a day costs you: $.49 a year from the tap$1,4000 a year from bottled

Pay more, produce more waste, and more industrial emissions to encourage more  climate change!

Though people seem to disagree w/ this idea,  studies show most tap water is fine to drink, and bottled water has no set regulations so you could be getting poorer quality of water from that than your tap … or… getting the same water from your tap but paying for it in plastic bottle!   The biggest reason why people buy bottled water – LAZINESS –  HABIT! yup, it’s easier in the grab a bottle than bring your own refillable. Bottled water wasn’t around much before the 1980s and we weren’t dying of thirst, I think we can handle it again.  Also note in the US producing bottled water consumes 17 million barrels of oil annually. conserve water and oil!

No matter your age, you can make a difference.  There are movements on some campus that are student driven to ban water.  Seattle U and U of Wisconsin and other colleges will be banning bottled water on campus.Go students!  Or check out this story about a the octogenarian who has been pushing to ban bottle water in Concord!

Did you know…. 86% of plastic water bottles end up in the garbage?

What can your library do? start by stopping to offer bottled water altogether. Sell reusable water bottles w/ your library logo and have a filling tap on your water foundations or a large jug of water at events. Educate people. Show the film Tapped.  Embed the Story of Bottle Water video on your website. other ideas?

Tapped Documentary

Have you heard of the Tapped documentary –  about big business water bottle industry? The trailer is great and can be viewed on Youtube. Check out more info at the Tapped the Movie website. A film to add to your library’s collection or offer a showing of it in the library!

Quotes from Colorado

“Every day, 30 million single-serve bottles end up in the land fill and a lot of the time our recyclables are being exported to other countries because we don’t have the capacity to recycle all of them,” said Stephanie Soechtig, the director of “Tapped.”  …. “You are led to believe that you are getting a pure product that is safer than tap water,” said Soechtig. “But what you are really getting in the case of BPA is a chemical that was originally invented as a synthetic estrogen, so you aren’t getting a clean product.”