The last bit from bottled water

Ok well I am sure there is enough on bottled water up on here but as with all research I do it seems I stumble across a few more articles, and well if I am to keep everything in one spot I thought I would post them up.

Bottled water the ‘new eco-disaster’

About 550 million litres were consumed in 2004-05, according to the Australian Beverage Council, with most purchases being made in addition to soft drinks, rather than replacing them.

Environmental scientist Tim Grant said it was “counter-intuitive” that bottled water was such a successful product. “People pay $2.50 for something that’s free,” he said.

“In contrast to tap water, which is distributed through an energy-efficient infrastructure, transporting bottled water long distances involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels,” she said.

In Australia, the energy cost of buying water instead of drawing it from a tap was comparable to driving a car, said Mr Grant, who is the assistant director of design at RMIT University.

While driving a car for one kilometre used four megajoules of energy, drinking a 600-millilitre bottle of water used 1.5 megajoules, when the transport costs were included. By contrast, drinking water out of a tap used only 0.2 megajoules, Mr Grant said. And when they are no longer wanted, water bottles were taking up space in landfill sites.

Mount Franklin – greenwashing or not?

Message on a bottle labelled as greenwash
Coca-Cola pays Landcare Australia $150,000 to plant 250,000 trees to offset greenhouse gas emissions generated by the manufacture and distribution of 8 million plastic bottles.

Mount Franklin dominates the $544 million bottled water market and is an expert in marketing campaigns that tap into community issues: its pink lid campaign to pledge $1 for cancer research for every wish made through its website is one of the most successful marketing campaigns in recent history.

“One has to ask the question whether Coke has done this deal to distract attention away from the serious environmental questions that are now being asked of the bottled water industry. In particular the issues of water sourcing and the climate, waste and litter impact of bottled water, as well as the extremely low recycling rate for plastic water bottles.

“Given the current level of criticism being levelled at the bottled water industry, even the less cynical could be forgiven for thinking that this is just a greenwash exercise.”

Bottled Guilt

Eastern Garbage Patch, an oceanic anomaly estimated to cover an area roughly the size of Texas (678,051sq/km), and growing. “Bottles, bottle caps, wrappers, fragments… For the past 50 years, plastics that have made their way into the Pacific Ocean have been fragmenting and accumulating as a kind of floating sewer,” Moore wrote. The ocean’s plastic soup gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘bottled water’.

Australians consume roughly 360 million litres of the stuff a year.

We clutch our bottles of spring water at the gym. We guzzle litre-and-a-half bottles to keep our skin looking good. We order it in restaurants, we expect it served to us on flights and we complain loudly when the office water cooler hasn’t been replaced. The 600ml water bottle is as integral an accessory to our lives as the mobile phone.

There is lots of information and articles up on this site so have a read through to discover more.

Bottled water in green groups’ sights
A coalition of environmental and community groups has launched a campaign to stop Australians drinking bottled water. The Bottled Water Alliance will initially try to influence drinking habits around the country by asking local councils to stop providing bottled water to workers and at functions.

Battle of the bottle
The battle over the bottle has intensified with another Sydney council voting to ban bottled water from functions.

Ashfield Council has joined Manly and Blacktown councils in the war on plastic, announcing bottled water will no longer be provided after existing supplies run out.

“They can’t ban bottled water. Bottled water is a legal product which is wanted by consumers.

“If local councils were really committed to the communities they serve perhaps they should look at providing their community with more bubblers and make sure they are kept clean.

Disaster in a bottle

“When aquifers are under pressure from a variety of interests, sucking water out of them and bottling it for a quick buck is probably not a great idea,” Bones says.

But bottlers say they take only a tiny fraction. Coca-Cola Amatil, which bottles the leading brands Mount Franklin and Pump, has even supported calls by hydrogeologists for national reform of groundwater management.

“Responsible stewardship of water, both mains and spring water, is something we take extremely seriously,” a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola, Sally Loane, says. “Coca-Cola Amatil strictly monitors, measures and studies its water sources to ensure their sustainability.”


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