In the winter of 2010, I saw a documentary called Tapped. It was about the bottled water industry. I went into the movie, expecting it to be like another documentary. It was a big wake up call. I walked out of that theatre feeling like I had re-think those times I grabbed a water bottle, mainly because I was thirsty and it was an easy solution.
In 2010 after seeing the documentary, I made an effort to not drink as much bottled water and I’m happy to announce that I met my resolution for 2011 and…
IN 2011, I DID NOT DRINK ANY BOTTLED WATER.
After 365 days, I took a serious stand on something and here’s why this is important to me.
–Why pay for something that’s provided to you free and safe?
Where did it come from?? Glenwood Springs? Ice Mountain? Dasani? Aquafina? Arrowhead Springs? Figi? Evian?
–I don’t live near any of those places (or their distribution centers) So, it most likely got delivered on a truck (or a plane). That’s a waste of gas and polluting the environment to get something that’s available in most public buildings nearby.
It takes 3 times the amount of water to make a plastic bottle as it does to fill it.
–Now it’s not just gas being wasted, we’re wasting water too. Lets not even get into wasted energy..
40% of all bottled water is taken from the tap anyway. It’s nothing special.
–I’m not kidding. Nothing fancy, just convenience and a label.
Most bottled water companies pay very little for the water they sell. It’s essentially free money. $61 billion dollars/year to be exact.
–Last time I checked there was more important things America needed to spend money on.
It wasn’t easy, it honestly took me a “practice year” (2010) to get my tricks down and figure out how to get serious about my 2011 New Years Resolution to not drink any bottled water. There were times this year that I went thirsty because there wasn’t an option available and times that I drank soda or juice when I really just wanted ice cold tap water.
I did make exceptions with Gatorade, Vitamin Water, Propel, tea etc, because there’s actually a product in the plastic, even if its sugar or high fructose corn syrup and I can’t get Gatorade etc. from a tap. The company had to put some money into what’s in that bottle. This especially helped me when running a race. It’s like as soon as you cross a finish line, you’re handed a bottle of water. I got used to bypassing the water bottle table and searching for the Powerade, Gatordade or pretty much anything but water.
I don’t mean to come across as “I’m better than you” or anger anyone by my reasons above. This is something that’s important to me, and was difficult for me to do. I’m proud of myself for doing it and I simply wanted to share.
Last but not least.
A huge thanks to these guys.
I couldn’t have done it without you!!!
Some great resources to check out if you’re interested:
http://www.onlineeducation.net/bottled_water A nice illustrated graphic, spells it all out.
http://tappedthemovie.com/ Highly recommend this movie! A neat site to explore too.