10/11/2007: "Message in a Bottle"
Here's some quotes from an interesting article about bottled water that I'd like to share...
"We're completely thoughtless about handing out $1 for this bottle of water, when there are virtually identical alternatives for free. It's a level of affluence that we just take for granted. What could you do? Put that dollar in a jar on the counter instead, carry a water bottle, and at the end of the month, send all the money to Oxfam or CARE and help someone who has real needs. And you're no worse off."
"We pitch into landfills 38 billion water bottles a year--in excess of $1 billion worth of plastic."
"24% of the bottled water we buy is tap water repackaged by Coke and Pepsi."
"In San Francisco, the municipal water comes from inside Yosemite National Park. It's so good the EPA doesn't require San Francisco to filter it. If you bought and drank a bottle of Evian, you could refill that bottle once a day for 10 years, 5 months, and 21 days with San Francisco tap water before that water would cost $1.35. Put another way, if the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000."
You can read the while article here http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/117/features-message-in-a-bottle.html