About a month ago I was attending a day of Peace and Meditation here in Toronto. The group that organized the event is supposedly a ‘green’ group – environmental activists, peace activists – you get the idea. I biked 45 minutes to get there and was thirsty. I forgot to bring my water bottle (not plastic) and much to my chagrin, a water fountain was nowhere in sight. Lately I have been doing my best to avoid buying bottled water but my thirst won and I paid $2.00 for a bottled water. I was aghast. Did I really just pay $2 for a plastic bottle that’s bad for the environment for a natural resource that flows out of my tap? Yes, yes I did. And I’m not the only one. Guess what? Most of this bottled water we’re paying for is just tap water – that which they have tried to train us to fear.
Do you buy bottled water instead of drinking out of the tap? Do you have a fear that your local water is bad for you? If so, you’ve more than likely fallen victim to the clever marketers of these bottled water companies. And guess what? This is bad for more than just your wallet. Buying bottled water feeds our insatiable need for fuel. Making bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water required more than 17 million barrels of oil last year – enough fuel more than 1 million U.S. cars for a year – and generated more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide. Those plastic bottles you throw away (or recycle) have to go somewhere after you guzzled the water in 2 minutes flat.
Watch the video below to learn about the dangers of buying bottled water. Ending the bottled water mania starts with us. Buy a portable water bottle and take it with you everywhere you go. Demand in investment in clean tap water in your community if it’s not already clean. Do your part for the environment. All it takes is the guts to drink tap water…straight from the tap instead of in a bottle. Think Outside the Bottle is a campaign working to promote, protect and ensure public funding for public water systems. On their website, you can find out where action is being taken in your community and how to join forces with others and take action.
Without further ado…the video.