#1: Did you know that about 1/4 of all bottled water is actually TAP water? Dasani and Aquafina both admitted their product is nothing more than filtered TAP water! (You can do that for free at home.)
#2: Plastic water bottles are NOT safer than tap water (Plastic = BPA = Toxic = Cancer.) Advertisements have us brainwashed into thinking bottled water is safer than tap water, more pure, and from the mountains of Spring Water Happy-Land. (It's not.) 1 person from the FDA regulates the entire water bottle industry, aka nothing is really being regulated here.
#3: Water bottle companies (like Nestle, Pepsi, Coke) are taking fresh water from the Earth (for free), contaminating it with plastic, selling it back to us, and getting totally rich. (Who said that water was theirs?)
#4: These water bottle companies are corrupt and only care about power and money. (These guys claim water is "liquid gold" and are capitalizing on it BIG TIME). That pisses me off.
#5: These water bottle companies are barging into places like Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado, (just to name a few) and pumping (stealing) the water, causing lower water levels and throwing off natural ecosystems. (People aren't happy about that.)
#6: The plastic factories are using TONS of oil to make these bottles.
#7: The plastic factories where these billions of bottles come from are posioning the land and the people who live nearby because it is highly toxic.
#8: Americans use (and throw out) approximately 30 million plastic water bottles A DAY! The Earth is being seriously polluted because some of us are so wasteful.
#9: Even the bottles that are being "recycled" aren't actually getting recycled... more like piled up in landfills.
#10: It's a waste of your money! Water should be FREE!
I choose steel water bottles instead! You can purchase them from places like Kleen Kanteen, Reuseit.com, or Whole Foods to name a few. They are the way to go because stainless steel doesn't have those harmful toxins that plastic & aluminum has. I've read that glass is also a good option. Buy a water filtration system and hook it up to your tap. Reverse osmosis and activated alumina systems are great because they help to remove flouride found in tap. (I use Brita filters, but they do not remove flouride.) So there you go! These alternatives are more safe, environmentally friendly, and more affordable!
So remember, big fat companies will say whatever they need to say to get you to buy their stuff, but don't fall for it! Most people believe everything they see on TV & read in magazines. Most people assume that their government has their best interest in mind. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. (It turns out the government and big companies only have their interests in mind). They've been selling us products that contain harmful toxins in them for years. You didn't think that cancer just "develops randomly," did you? If you put harmful poisons into your body, you'll develop cancer and disease over time. That's just what happens. But hey, don't take my word for it. Do some research yourself & get up to speed!
Check out this awesome video by The Story of Stuff Project that illustrates the truth behind bottled water and the importance of plastic bottle alternatives:
Also, check out these two fantastic documentaries (that you can watch on Netflix) on bottled water that really spell out what's going on: FLOW and TAPPED. This blogger guy liked it too. Click the link to check out his blog entry/review.