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Blog Posts: Bottled water

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…

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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…

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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…

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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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March 22nd, 2010

We Prefer Ad Spin When It’s Left to Don Draper

World Water Day is an excellent opportunity to consider the ways in which our choices as consumers affect world water resources. As many of you already know, bottled water contributes to the world’s pollution and waste problems. It is also a prime example of corporate spin run amok. While the oh-so-clever industry execs have convinced many people that bottled water is better than water from the tap, in most cases this is simply not true. It actually reminds us of another industry infamous for using misinformation to peddle its products… Read the full article…

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March 19th, 2010

How are you celebrating World Water Day?

Hey there! This is Kelly Barrett, communications intern here at Food & Water Watch, with an important announcement. If you haven’t yet heard of World Water Day, listen up…

March 22nd is World Water Day!

Like the rest of us at Food & Water Watch, I’m pumped about World Water Day and want you to be too. What better time to take back our tap? We are so excited, we want to hear all about what you are doing to celebrate World Water Day. There are lots of ways to get involved, so get moving and then tell us about it via Twitter, on Facebook, or in a comment on this post. Here are some ideas for getting in on the action:

  1. Pledge to Take Back the Tap!
  2. Ask Congress to Take Back the Tap.
  3. Join our virtual march to Take Back the Tap on Facebook (with lots of ways to take action).
  4. Help to host a movie screening of one of these great documentary films that focus on the world’s water crisis.
  5. Sign up to receive our action alerts and if you’re one of the first 25 to do so, win that nifty “Take Back the Tap” stainless steel water canteen.
  6. Then…after you take action, tweet us about it, write on our Facebook wall or on the event page, or leave a comment here to tell us what you’re doing.

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February 24th, 2010

Sluggish Economy: 1, Nestle: 0

Nestle’s apparent quest to profit from sucking the earth dry of water may have hit a snag: people don’t seem to be buying as much bottled water anymore. Last week, the beverage mega conglomerate announced that revenue from its bottled water operations dropped 1.4 percent in 2009. In the grand tradition of corporate spin, Nestle’s public relations department had a convenient scapegoat for this turn of affairs: the recession. Read the full article…

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January 28th, 2010

Turning Trash into More Trash

The bottled water industry tries very hard to convince consumers that buying their product is fine, because all those empty bottles are recyclable. What they don’t address is exactly what plastic bottle recycling often entails.

Check out this video from National Geographic for a closer look at the process plastic bottles go through in order to produce polyester clothing in China.

As the video shows us, plastic bottles are collected in various locations, like here in the US, or over in Europe. Then, the plastic bottles are shredded up, packaged in cellophane, boxed up into giant presents of plastic goodness (a valuable commodity, of course) and sent on a 7,000-mile trip to China. The plastic then goes through an unimaginably complex process involving boiling, rotating, drying, melting, spinning, bonding, tearing, packaging, scraping, threading, weaving, looping, and brushing until the polyester textile is made. But never fear, the stylists are very economical while cutting out the templates prior to the polyester being sewn–they wont create anymore waste than necessary. Phew! Read the full article…

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December 16th, 2009

Climate Change Conference Goes Bottled Water Free, But Could do More to Address Water Scarcity Issues

As part of a larger effort to go as green as possible, the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen has been bottled water free! Forty water stations have been installed throughout the conference to provide water to the 19,000+ participating delegates. Were delighted that the world‚ largest gathering of environmental delegates, campaigners, diplomats, and activists has finally joined the movement towards conscious water use. After all, it takes more than 47 million gallons of oil to produce plastic water bottles for Americans every year. Eliminating those bottles would be like taking 100,000 cars off the road and 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. While we applaud the United Nations for recognizing the harsh impact of bottled water on our environment, we are left to wonder why was water issues are not on the COP15 agenda? Read the full article…

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December 8th, 2009

Nestle Water Store: Clever Marketing Tool or Desperate Attempt to Stay Relevant?

Not long ago, a flurry of emails and a quick trip to the Bronx exposed Nestle‚ newest marketing technique for its bottled water endeavors–a retail store with Latino flair. Located at 908 Southern Blvd, Nestle‚ Mercado del Agua (Water Market) immediately struck me as a serious breach in environmental justice. Read the full article…

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