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Ignore the Facts, Drink Bottled Water

by Rachel Levitt


Tags: Environment, green living, global warming, bottled water, litter, waste, recycling, enjoybottledwater.org,

Water bottleForget everything you’ve heard about mountains of bottled water waste! Disregard the experts who prove that tap water is almost identical in quality! Viva bottled water!

That’s the battle cry EnjoyBottledWater.org raises in its quest to free bottled water from persecution. The website is run by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market advocacy organization that believes that “individuals are best helped not by government intervention, but by making their own choices in a free marketplace.” (Feel free to insert your own cynical economic observation here.)

The site exhaustively details why bottled water is a misunderstood and wrongly persecuted beverage medium, and why it’s our right as Americans to drink it. Users are encouraged to sign a petition against “foolish lawmakers and regulators” taking away the right to the stuff, donate money to the cause, and purchase Enjoybottledwater.org merchandise (no reusable water bottles, naturally). Visitors can also read up on the “crazy bans” enacted by cities and those “silly claims” that bottles affect global warming.

A few of the highlighted benefits are somewhat sensible, like ease of distribution at disaster sites, but the flippant disregard for known facts goes beyond chutzpah to being ridiculous. The best headline of the bunch: “Is Beer Next?”

Image courtesy of judepics, licensed under Creative Commons .

glenrosa middle school aces program
1/12/2011 12:21:30 PM

Hello, My friends and I are doing a social justice project on the effects of plastic water bottles on the environment. We are looking for ways we can bring awareness to this topic, and how we can help illuminate this problem locally. We have looked at your site and found a lot of useful information, but are wondering if there are any new stats for 2009/2010/2011. Any other useful information or other things that may be useful to our project would be very helpful! Thank-you, Students of Glenrosa Middle School’s Aces Program.


angela logomasini, ph.d.
3/19/2009 2:00:39 PM

Thanks for posting on CEI's Research. You suggest that we say people should forget the facts. To the contrary, I've conducted considerable research on the topic, which is now available in a study on our website: http://enjoybottledwater.org/?page_id=481. I suggest that you and your readers check out our materials, which include extensive footnotes. In the end, all we ask is that consumers educate themselves with all perspectives and then be free to make their own choices.


jimbolution
1/13/2009 11:58:56 AM

every piece of plastic ever made is still in the environment today... they are just getting smaller and smaller, and we don't know their ultimate effect on the environment. the site appeals to people's sense of freedom of choice, and that would be great, if most people had the common sense to just reduce their plastic consumption. but we don't. their ultimate argument -it's too late to do anything about it anyway, is true. call me a fatalist but I don't think we will be able to change the consumption patterns of the global population without drastic conflict, and that means a lot more pollution from war than we are creating through consumption. everyone, please just shoot yourself in the head now.


eaa
12/23/2008 7:26:14 PM

It's seems that the people fighting for no bottled water have failed to ask what are some of the reasons people use bottled water. I will tell you mine. I have just been diagnosed with a chronic bladder disease called Interstitial Cystitis and because of this disease I can only drink water that has a ph of 7.5. The only water sold in my area that has a ph of 7.5 is Fiji bottled water. I have no choice but to use this water, because my city tap water is barely a 6. Thank you for fighting for the environment by not using bottled water, I would give anything to be able to do the same. In fact before this disease I thought buying water in a bottle was stupid. And yes I do recycle the bottles. Thank you


joe_1
12/12/2008 2:59:32 PM

The point of Beer ---- is Beer is mainly water.. soda is mainly water .. they use HUGE amounts of water compared to bottle water companies.... and selling beer and soda for years.... dont you think bottle water is better to drink when a tap is not available ??? dont you kids should drink water instead of sugar water/soda or beer ???


ddd
12/11/2008 11:52:56 PM

Perhaps we should put all of the empty bottles on their doorstep. How about the toxic effects of drinking from plastic water bottles, especially those left in the sun? Not to mention the transportation costs, environmental and otherwise. For another great source of the latest green videos and community connections, check out Green Planet Search at www.greenplanetsearch.com


cally carswell
12/11/2008 1:20:29 PM

Hmm, these people sound like good candidates for the Falsie Awards you blogged about a couple weeks back. http://www.utne.com/2008-11-20/Media/The-Evilest-People-in-Public-Relations.aspx?blogid=34


michelle_2
12/11/2008 10:34:55 AM

Wow, thats just ridiculuos. I guess they'll do anything to save their multi-billion dollar sales from slipping any further. Hopefully, people will continue to realize how wasteful bottled water really is. Here's a great website that give facts about bottled water and more economical alternatives. http://www.waterfiltercomparisons.com/bottled_water_vs_filtered_water.php