The Story of Bottled Water

Yes, I know I’ve harped on this one before, but I just bought a plastic bottle of water at the gym recently and I need a way to purge myself of the guilt.  I do normally use a stainless steel bottle filled with water from home but my husband was using it and…blah blah blah.  There really is no excuse anymore.

I love this video for it’s simplicity and yet it’s full of valuable information.  For example, I didn’t realize so much of our “recycled” plastic bottles were being shipped all the way to India to pile up.  Geez, you think you are doing the right thing but…

So here is a little reminder to get us all back on track. For those of us who fall off the good-for-the-environment wagon now and then.  Besides, last Monday (when this video was released) was World Water Day and I missed it.  Better late than never!

Creator, Annie Leonard, also created the 20-minute film The Story of Stuff that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture—from resource extraction to iPod incineration.  It has just been released as a book as well,  The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change Phew! Guess she didn’t want to leave anything out of the title so she threw it all in!

P.S.  Don’t forget to turn off all your lights tonight (March 27) at 8:30pm for one hour in honour of Earth Hour 2010!


5 thoughts on “The Story of Bottled Water

  1. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I think about all the piles of junk we’re creating on land and in the ocean. Then I just remember to do my small part and the anxiety lessens a bit.
    Thanks for the reminder, Bonnie.

  2. I made my mom get a reusable water bottle because she use to buy TOO many of the plastic ones. I kept seeing the commercial on the TV and told her to stop hurting the environment and use the water from the fridge.

  3. That’s great! I love how she says ‘the jig is up’ haha. Amazing all those plastic bottles! I love the commercial too where the lady comes home after a jog to step over a pile of them in her kitchen. I have always preferred tap water, we do have a large jug on our water cooler, but I even find the kids don’t use that one much unless they want really hot/cold water. That one doesn’t count does it?

  4. That was a great video Bonnie, I drink tap water regularly, it does taste better to me. I will work on the kids because they for some reason think tap water IS dirty. I love the commercial for Britta on TV right of the woman who comes in from her run and has to wade through all the plastic bottles to get to her fridge. Awareness !!

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