Ignore the Facts, Drink Bottled Water


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.

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.

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