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An Inconvenient Thirst

Posted by Josie | March 20th, 2009 | Filed under Uncategorized

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If you had a choice between getting something (more or less) for free that is energy efficient, or paying for something of comparable quality that takes 2000 time as much energy to produce, which would you chose?

Americans made this decision 33 billion times last year. In this case, being “green” is cheap, and 33 billion times we decided to throw our money away instead.

PhysOrg posted an article a couple days ago filled with quick-hit scientific data about the production and consumption of plastic water bottles in America. Single-use plastic water bottles are clogging our landfills, and floating in the massive gyres in the Pacific ocean. This is mind boggling when most people have easy access to clean drinking water that is tested and regulated to ensure it is safe to drink.  33 billion times a year we decide that the water inside the polyethylene terephthalate bottles is either more convenient or better for us.

Just past the advertisement for Fiji bottled water, the commentary after the article is filled with people defending why bottled water has a place in the world. I am all for filtering water, but I will never be convinced that producing 200 billion liter’s of bottled water per year is anything but a complete waste of energy.

4 Responses to “An Inconvenient Thirst”

  • March 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Brighton says

    I think drinking bottled water has become a status symbol. My 17 year old niece only drinks designer bottled water (Fred Meyer brand just won’t do.) Last year Hot Lips started bottled Portland’s tap water in locally produced (and easily recycled) glass bottles. Can’t we make it a status symbol to drink local water?

  • March 20, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Skunk says

    I haven’t quite figured out bottled water. Maybe I’m just too cheap. :P

  • March 20, 2009 at 1:16 pm | josie says

    Great idea! I think someone in NYC is actually two steps ahead of us. I just heard about TapIt (www.tapittalk.com) a water bottle refilling network in NYC. Simply find a TapIt Partner, bring in a water bottle, and it will be filled with great tasting NYC tap water. I love it!

  • May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am | Lesley Nelson says

    Ooh, and what about the plastic grocery bag contributions to the gyre (p.s. is the gyre the swirl of trash the size of TX that Oprah mentioned on her Earth Day episode?)

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