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Blog Posts: Bottled water

October 15th, 2010

An Oregon County Shuns the Bottle

Multnomah County, Oregon, which includes the city of Portland, took back the tap by passing a resolution prohibiting the purchase of bottled water with county funds. Members of the Multnomah Country Board of Commissioners were unanimous in their decision to ban the bottle. The county even joined Food & Water Watch’s national campaign to Take Back the Tap.

Members of the Multnomah Country Board of Commissioners voted unanimously against the bottle to save money and the environment. The county also joined Food & Water Watch’s national campaign to Take Back the Tap.

Commissioner Barbara Willer, who led the effort, was motivated by a desire to see the county save money and to protect the environment from unwanted waste and pollution. She punched her point home by reminding people just how costly bottled water can be when she said, “Buying bottled water is more expensive than buying gas.” Read the full article…

October 6th, 2010

Default Set to Misleading

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) won its lawsuit against Eco Canteen, Inc., a company that distributes reusable stainless steel canteens. A U.S. District Court in western North Carolina awarded IBWA a permanent injunction against Eco Canteen for what was deemed false and misleading advertising — their TV commercials claimed that steel containers were safer than plastic bottles. Read the full article…

September 30th, 2010

Another Round in the Battle Against the Bottle

CNBC’s Power Lunch provided a forum today for yet another debate on the subject of bottled water versus the tap, following a special segment called Liquid Assets. Food & Water Watch Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst Mitch Jones squared off against International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) President and CEO Joe Doss in front of program hosts Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Sue Herera and Tyler Mathisen.

Food & Water Watch Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst Mitch Jones squares off against International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) President and CEO Joe Doss on CNBC’s Power Lunch. In our opinion, Jones wins.

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September 23rd, 2010

Does the Decline in Bottled Water Sales Mean BIG Savings for Consumers?

The Beverage Marketing Corporation reported that U.S. bottled water sales declined in 2009 for the second consecutive year. What’s bad for bottled water is likely good for planet earth.

Once you’re found out, it’s all downhill from there. The Beverage Marketing Corporation reported that U.S. bottled water sales declined in 2009 for the second consecutive year—5.2 percent in revenues and 2.5 percent of volume sold. Water activists and eco-conscious consumers can celebrate the news due to bottled water’s immense and negative impact on the environment, and its strain on public water resources. While the industry is quick to point to the struggling economy as a primary reason for the decline, the impact of consumer awareness over bottled water’s environmental footprint cannot be ignored. Read the full article…

September 3rd, 2010

IBWA Promotes Bad Choice to Young People in New Video

IBWA targets teens in their new campaign, telling young people to protect their freedom of choice. But choosing bottled water is a bad choice for many reasons.

The International Bottled Water Association’s (IBWA) has proudly released a video on their consumer website called Bottled Water: Show Your Support. Something tells me they are getting nervous.

The video features a teenager listing the industry’s talking points, trying to drive home the point that bottled water is about choice. “Bottled water matters. You love to drink it any time because it’s refreshing, day or night, at home or on the go. For you, bottled water is your packaged beverage of choice.” It’s an obvious attempt to appeal to the independent thinking of a teenager by using over-simplified corporate speak to show that the freedom of choice behind a purchase of bottled water is cool. Read the full article…

August 19th, 2010

Kanye, “Say You Will” Take Back the Tap!

The champions of the tap vs. the outlaws of bottled water: TMZ should show how appealing it is when celebrities drink from the tap.

It’s August, so maybe there’s not much going on in the big city. Perhaps that’s why rapper Kanye West found himself tweeting about drinking New York City tap water last week. TMZ felt it was newsworthy in some way, so they mentioned the tweet on their website. It must have seemed trivial to some readers, so they expressed their dismay at how boring the tweet was. Since Kanye’s tweet about NYC tap is the kind of thing we like to hear, I found myself typing the URL for TMZ into my web browser to find out more. TMZ merely showed the contents of what Kanye tweeted—not much worth mentioning… until I noticed one particular photo-montage on their home page. Read the full article…

July 27th, 2010

The Real Dumb Story of Bottled Water and the Lying Liars Who Tell It (Sorry Al Franken)

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), the public relations arm of the bottled beverage industry, is taking another shot at controlling the message about water. This time, they point to a succession of overturned bans on bottled water to try to convince people that consumers are changing their minds about buying their “products,” the same product that is available without extra packaging from your tap at home. Read the full article…

June 29th, 2010

The Ban Heard 'Round the World

Concord, Mass could end up sparking another shot heard around the world. Well, maybe not a shot – more like a court decision. The town is in the middle of a huge debate over whether or not it’s legal to ban the sale of bottled water there.  At the heart of the issue sits 82-year-old Jean Hill: resident, grandmother, jam maker, and water activist, though she’s no ordinary water activist.  She doesn’t even drink that much water, but she knows a sham when she sees one. Read the full article…

June 7th, 2010

Mom's kicks the bottle habit

Washington Business Journal reported today that Mom’s Organic Market, a local grocery chain with six locations in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, will no longer sell bottled water to their customers. This is great news! The fact that a grocery company has discontinued the sale of bottled water is proof that it can be eliminated from the business model without much of a financial risk for the company.   Read the full article…

April 21st, 2010

Earth Day is Every Day at Food & Water Watch!

Happy Earth Day, everybody! Every day is Earth Day for many of us.  There are people out there who make a full-time commitment in the name of our good planet, to affect positive change within our communities, our cities, our countries and our world.   This year, Food & Water Watch celebrates the activists and volunteers who invest their time, money and resources in an effort to continuously improve our relationship with the life-sustaining natural resources on which we rely.

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