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I was scuba diving in the Florida Keys, and was expecting to see the ravage of what billions of gallons of crude oil can do to an environment. Instead, the ultimate irony appeared before my eyes as I witnessed a reef that was dying due to millions of plastic bottles that make it into the our environment each day! They get churned into small particles which float suspended and often consumed by wildlife, toxins and all.
It really got me thinking about water. Water covers 75% of our planet, and yet, only 1% is drinkable. My generation has taken it for granted, while some have discovered the vast profits it can yield if exploited properly.
Imagine if you could fill your car gas tank from your garden hose! You may never visit another gas station. As I stood in the cash line after pumping my own gas, two people in front of me were grumbling about the price of gas, each clutching a plastic bottle of water obtained from the enormous display case. These two were willing to pay $2.50 a liter for water while grumbling about $1.20 gas. What?s more, their water came in a chemical package produced from oil distillates, transported with oil products and re-sold by the oil industry. Being youthful, they probably believed that it was healthier than the free water in their tap, and were willing to pay a hundred fold premium to have their own ground-water packaged and resold back to them. How did things get to this point
One of the biggest bargains on the planet flows out of your tap. It is called clean, fresh and pure drinking water. No one tests and regulates it more than your municipality. We consider tap water a right, because it is essential for human existence. We rarely praise those that keep it clean and flowing. And a good thing for that, because tap water is the basis of a good portion of the bottled water industry.
I can only recall one incident of a single well being contaminated in recent history. The number of issues pertaining to chemical leaching, toxins carcinogens and environmental pollution with plastic water bottles continues to emerge. How did the corporate soft-drink giants manage to convince us that we should willingly pay excessively and shun the tap?
Less than 50 percent of those plastic bottles ever make it to recycling. Most end up in land fill and many others contaminate our water systems and oceans. Did you ever notice that when left in the sunlight, bottled water really does taste different? Breweries are another example of an industry abstaining from plastic for a good reason.
I am out to prove the guy on TV is wrong. I am going to reveal a medical secret that many corporations don't want you to know. TAP WATER is an excellent source of clean, fresh, pure water. This effect is even healthier if you choose to drink it out of a glass or non-plastic refillable container.
Lobby to bring back drinking fountains in schools, malls, parks and golf courses. The status symbol of spending big bucks on water is passť. Donate to clean up the environment is a more noble cause. Teach your kids to forgo those plastic water bottles.
● The Truth About Bottled Water by Chris Topher. YouTube video, 12:46 min.
● What's BPA, and do I really need a new water bottle? by Jennifer Horton, from How Stuff Works.