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Aug 10, 2009
Is Bottled Water A Fraud?
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Aug 6, 2009
London turns to tap as bottled water sales drop
Sales of bottled water have fallen sharply across London, research shows. Supermarket websites are selling nine per cent fewer bottles to Londoners than last year as customers cut down on non-essentials during the recession. The decline in the popularity of mineral water also follows the Evening Standard's Water on Tap campaign, which highlighted the environmental benefits of choosing tap water. It called on all restaurants to offer it to diners automatically and appears to have changed consumer attitudes. More...

Aug 6, 2009
The truth about the water bottle industry.
The numbers are staggering Americans buy over 30 billion single serve bottles of water a year yet we only recycle about 25% of them. Water Bottles not only pollute the earth but the leaching of chemicals like BPA (a hormone-mimicking chemical) from plastic might actually be poisoning our bodies! A full 40% of bottled water comes from municipal sources meaning it is bottled from ordinary tap water. The average price for a 12oz bottle of water is $1.25 which is more than the price of gas. The water industry effectively has us paying for what 90% of us get already, tap water! More...

Aug 5, 2009
Bottled Water Sucks
I knew bottled water was a social ill but I didn't know how damaging it was until I saw an explosive and compelling new documentary called Tapped. With style, verve and righteous anger, the film exposes the bottled water industry's role in suckering the public, harming our health, accelerating climate change, contributing to overall pollution, and increasing America's dependence on fossil fuels. All while gouging consumers with exorbitant and indefensible prices. More...

Aug 1, 2009
Is Bottled Water Really Pure?
Bottled water companies make millions off people who believe their products are purer than tap water. However, most consumers do not realize that these products are in fact less regulated than tap water. A report from the General Accountability Office pointing this out was just one piece of ammunition unleashed at the bottled water industry at a hearing of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Jane Houlihan of the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization that submitted a second report to the committee, said in a statement: "Many people assume bottled water is healthier and safer to drink than ordinary tap water. But some companies have lured consumers away from the tap with claims of health and purity that aren't backed by public data." Over the past several years, bottled water has been recalled due to contamination by arsenic, bromate, cleaning compounds, mold, and bacteria. More...

Jul 31, 2009
Bottled Water Bust-Cancer Causing Chemicals Show Up In Tests
Concerned about tap water quality, some consumers turn to bottled water, hoping to find a guarantee of safety and quality (Doss 2008; IBWA 2008d). But the reality is very different from this expectation: all bottled waters tested by EWG contained some chemical contaminants while bottled waters sold by two national retailers contained signature pollutants at levels very close to water. More...

Jul 31, 2009
Bottle vs. Tap
n light of the recent discussions surrounding bottled vs. tap water, the Plainview Water District Commissioners thought it would be beneficial to highlight some of the facts that were reported on during the July 9 airing of ABC's Good Morning America. According to the report, bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose where they get their water from, how it is purified or whether it is treated at all. And yet with all of this uncertainty, Americans spend about $16 billion a year on bottled water. More...

Jul 30, 2009
The environmental impacts of bottled water
In 1967, that smug businessman from the film “The Graduate” took Dustin Hoffman's character aside and declared “I just want to say one word to you, just one word: ‘plastics.'” Ever since that iconic moment, plastic has signified society's wasteful tendencies and has come to represent our “throwaway culture”. The prepackaged bottle of water is the epitome of waste. More...

Jul 29, 2009
Bottled water ban 'saves town $2.5m'
The New South Wales town which recently banned bottled water is set to save $2.5 million a year because of the move, an environmental campaigner says. Earlier this month the southern highlands town of Bundanoon became the first community in the world to ban bottled water. In an opinion piece for ABC News Online, Clean Up Australia chairman Ian Kiernan says government stalling on environmental issues is forcing communities to take action. "Bundanoon's move is a sign of things to come ... communities are going to start taking matters into their own hands," he said. More...

Jul 29, 2009
TapIt Gives NYC a Sustainable Water Bottle Refilling Network
Usually people are hunting for the sticker on café windows that shows they offer free wifi. But New York City residents will be searching for another sticker - the TapIt sticker, indicating this is a spot you're welcome to pop in and refill your water bottle. TapIt is a network formed last year and launched last month for New York residents who want to be able to get water while on the go, but avoid plastic bottles. It's a network of café owners who sign up as partners, and allow folks to come in and get free access to clean water for their reusable water bottles More...

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