I can’t understand why people spend good money on bottled water. Here in Sydney people spend up to AU$5 for a 600ml bottle, when we have perfectly good water coming out of our taps free! I recently calculated that some people are paying vastly more for bottled water than they are for petrol, which has doubled in price over the last few years. And yet, no-one seems to complain about it.Apart from the cost, I think of all those plastic bottles being swept down the stormwater drains and into the sea, or our beautiful Sydney Harbour, choking both the harbour and its sea life.Coca Cola has become one of the biggest investors in bottled water, which just goes to show how much money it is worth. As they are one of the sponsors of the 2012 London Olympics, they want people to buy their products e.g. Coca Cola and their brand bottled water. Spectators cannot bring in water containers over 100mls to the Olympics, although there are areas where you can refill your bottles. I can’t imagine too many people would want to queue for ages to fill up 100ml containers though, especially when there are bigger bottles available for sale. This makes it more likely that people will buy prebottled rather than bring their own limited size bottles. Thus branded water has more of a monopoly over sales, with Coca Cola hoping to benefit most as the only seller available there.People are led to believe that bottled water is “pure” whilst tap water contains all sorts of nasties, but that has been proved to be untrue with laboratory tests, and sometimes the reverse is actually true. We bought a water filter years ago which was quite cheap and very effective in filtering out the majority of harmful chemicals or bacteria.
Perhaps the main reason bottled water has become such a big seller is the branding and snob value. It has become almost essential to be seen with your bottle of “pure mineral springs” water, whether you are working out at the gym, sitting outdoors at a cafe or just walking around. Tap water cannot compete on that level, but you can still pour it into an empty labelled bottle if you want to impress others.
The above article taken from ABC Televisionsums up the illogical use of bottled water and environmental impacts much better than I can, and also documents some creative and effective ways people are finding to say NO to bottled water.