Friday, July 6, 2007

Keeping it all bottled up

A must read:
Message in a Bottle (
from the article:

Bottled water is the food phenomenon of our times. We--a generation raised on tap water and water fountains--drink a billion bottles of water a week, and we're raising a generation that views tap water with disdain and water fountains with suspicion. We've come to pay good money--two or three or four times the cost of gasoline--for a product we have always gotten, and can still get, for free, from taps in our homes.

You can buy a half- liter Evian for $1.35--17 ounces of water imported from France for pocket change. That water seems cheap, but only because we aren't paying attention. In San Francisco, the municipal water comes from inside Yosemite National Park. It's so good the EPA doesn't require San Francisco to filter it. If you bought and drank a bottle of Evian, you could refill that bottle once a day for 10 years, 5 months, and 21 days with San Francisco tap water before that water would cost $1.35.

Unbelievable how much money, resources and waste is involved in the business of water. Makes you wonder how many years before we get canned air? Wait, I take that back. :(

DW pondered in April,...
...I'm also thinking that maybe I should just get some type of nalgene bottle instead of buying the liter water bottles. I think reusing them is a good step, but I could do more...
We decided to get a Nalgene bottle, and (since I am such a supportive husband) I bought one also. It actually wound up as three, and each would have its use.

I thought that I would use it for a few weeks, and then be on to the next fad, but they are surprisingly perfect. We fill them up before we leave (mine with ice) and we're good for the trip. The longer the trip, the bigger the bottle. The big guy stays at home usually now, due its weight filled. I love it, and the number of regular water bottles we've bought since we got them, we could probably count on one hand.

Water bottles are definitely more convenient, but if you can fill up before you leave more power to you! :)

Link: Reusable Nalgene Bottles
Link: Message in a Bottle [article]


I. M. Bitter said...

I just watched this Author's @ Google interview this morning featuring The Lazy Environmentalist. The interview was great, and he spoke about the same waste, plastic bottles going into the landfill each day, then mentioned Sigg bottles.

I looked them up online, and they sound great. Virtually indestructable with liners that are taste and scent neutral and reduce the chances of bacterial buildup.

They sound pretty neat!

kitty said...

speaking of, have you heard about Mario Batali's restaurant (among others) banning bottled water? The thought is to save energy on delivering the water, save on recycling, etc. etc.

The link

An excoworker's father worked as a New York water tester. Apparently if you filter it, it is more than fine.

I hope more restaurants do the same until it becomes natural. I'm surprised the water people aren't coming back with a backlash...but I guess the water people are less mobilized, have less money and are less evil than the gas and car people.

great post!

kitty said...

tagged you with a meme, whatever that means.
hope you don't mind!

Columbia said...

Bitter -- thanks for that video. I'm going to post it so more can watch. What a personable guy, with ideas that people are able to put to use. Can't wait to check out his site.

Kitty -- i hadn't heard about mario batali, but I heard about San Fran banning bottled water, possibly in government buildings(? need to do my homework on that). I was at the airport today with my nalgene wondering when people are going to set up vendor stands offering to refill your water bottles with fancy water for the same cost as bottled. If there's money to be made, ...

Thanks for the meme -- I have no idea what that is, but I will find out. Looks like I have a lot to catch up on from the past week! :)

ceesutt said...

Love the article. I just went and posted it on our blog at greendimes. Was tracking u down initially to tell u about some new things we are working on. Got stuck here reading about bottled water. Amazing stuff. Leave it to us in good ol us of a.
btw; whats your email addres id like to send you some info on the new launch at greendimes and our campaign to end junk mail for good.