It goes without saying that I avoid bottled water.
First of all, I am naturally -shall we say- “thrifty”, and buying a bottle of water when you can get it for free just doesn’t make sense to me. Secondly, I live in Vancouver, and our tap water is awesome.
But apparently many many people disagree with me. And they disagree to the tune of half a billion bottles of water sold in the US each week (!) according to Annie Leonard.
What the heck is going on?
Well, for one thing, some tap water isn’t safe to drink. As I speak, Grant is alternatively groaning in bed and getting to know the bathroom as he recovers from our vacation in Mexico last week. So I think it’s fair to say that in some places, it’s best to buy a refillable 20 gallon jug of purified water. It doesn’t have to be imported, just purified.
But what about in Canada and the US where the vast majority of our tap water is delicious?
I was at a community meeting a few months ago when a woman had a great comment. We were talking about carrying reusable water bottles, and she wondered out loud why we even felt that we needed to carry water with us at all times.
It’s just a trend isn’t it? When I was a kid, we only used water bottles during sports. We didn’t need one with us whenever we left the house. If you got thirsty, you either looked for a fountain or waited until you got home. Now, for some reason, fountains are few and far between, and designer water bottles are everywhere.
Anyway, this is all a very long introduction to the fact that it’s world water week this week. And I have three ideas to get you celebrating:
1) check out a showing of Tapped, a film about (what else) bottle water,
2) watch the Story of Bottled Water below, or
3) (if you’re a bottled junkie) challenge yourself to a week without bottled water