The Story of Bottled Water - Annie Leonard again rips the veil on the environmental and health costs of bottle water.
The myth that bottled water is good for you is exposed in this fun, upbeat short animated film by Annie Leonard (the story of stuff gal). Annie tells us that they actually did tests with FIGI water and water in Cleveland, Ohio. The tests revealed that Cleveland's water was actually better for you! Imagine that...our own tap water is often (in study after study) better for you! AND one of the most important fact is that people in America consume more than half a million bottles of water a week. So all those plastic bottles are thrown into land fills or transported to third world countries and piled up to the skies. Yikes!
Also bottled water cost 2000x more than tap water.
We have to imagine the production of bottled water to understand the real human and environmental costs. In my film TEXAS GOLD, Diane Wilson, a fourth generation fisher woman is fighting the giants of the petro-chemical industry in the most toxic place in America. Every year millions of pounds of toxins are spewed into the land, water and soil in the gulf bays of Texas, where Diane lives. Many of those toxins come from the production of polyvinyl chloride and other plastics which contribute to the mass die offs of dolphins in that region, as well as creating human health impacts with high rates of cancer where plastics are produced. Not to mention the plastic vortex in our ocean, about 500 miles off the coast of Hawaii, an area that contains so much plastic - it apparently is the size of Rhode Island. These plastics find themselves in many fish and we consume them again - but not as a refreshment I am afraid. So the costs keep adding up...
The most startling fact in Annie's film is that enough oil is used in one year, from the production of plastic water bottles that could fuel a million cars! That makes our quick gulp of one bottle of water (when you factor in the cost to the planet) about $50 per bottle.
Watch Annie's short film and learn more about the story of bottled water and consider getting a water filter if you aren't sure whether your
tap water is safe to drink. That will cost you and the planet a lot less in the long run.