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Bluewashing: The Truth Behind Bottled Water

The bottled water industry’s attempts to sell itself as environmentally friendly cover up the real effects of the product and distract consumers from the most responsible source of water there is: the tap.

Many American consumers can see the truth behind the industry’s marketing tactics and are taking part in a nationwide movement to stop drinking bottled water. According to the College Sustainability Report Card, 23 college campuses had a disposable water bottle ban in effect as of February 2010. The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in 2007 stating the importance of municipal water, and another resolution in 2008 encouraging mayors to phase out government use of bottled water. A growing number of municipalities have banned government spending on bottled water, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City.

Event planners have begun hosting bottled water free events, and restaurants, starting in San Francisco, have stopped selling bottled water. As more and more people are turning their attention back to the tap, it is not enough to simply stop buying bottled water–the public must also invest in public water infrastructure so that tap water remains a safe, affordable source of environmentally sustainable drinking water. A federal Clean Water Trust Fund would accomplish this goal by providing a dedicated and steady source of funding for public water infrastructure that would allow municipalities and states to make the necessary repairs and upgrades to their water systems to ensure clean affordable water for all.

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7:12PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you for info.

7:12PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you for info.

9:46AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

The natural sources are not renewed. This was one of the first thing I learned when in fundamental school. Unfortunately many among us still didn't get it.

8:31AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

ty

5:38AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Thanks for the info.

7:39AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Currently, 4 quarts of bottled water is more expensive than gasoline, who would have ever thought that 10 years ago.

I did, I designed a system that I have been using for far longer than 10 years, but first I utilize a rainwater catchment system, yes, it works, give it a try, it is easy.

My filtration system is capable of processing 22,000 liters/5811 gal. per day, it use a trash filter, a ceramic filter, KDF (removes heavy metals, inorganics and organics), a UV chamber, coconut carbon activated filter, a unit counter (liters or gallons), automatic shutdown in case of any system failure.

I suppose that some of the simpler filtration systems would work but I do not believe in taking a chance, not with the water that I drink.

Our drinking bottles are made from stainless steel, they will last for years.

7:24AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

I would never buy bottled water although it is done?bottled in the next town as I can use tap water or take a bottle to the spring outflow where the water comes out from the Sierra Nevada (Spain) a french water company Danone is stealing the water from this town so we renamed them Ladrone , which means thief.

6:56AM PDT on May 20, 2010

Most home water filters will not remove ADDED metals from tap water
Until our water company stops adding Flouride to the drinking water I will drink spring water, not just any bottled water will do. There use to be springs here that you could get water from.

9:50PM PDT on May 19, 2010

i agree completely. we need to free ourselves from platics that we really don't need.

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2:24PM PDT on May 16, 2010

I never drink bottled water! Horrible stuff!

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