The Story of Bottled Water

The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industrys attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.

Our production partners on the bottled water film include five leading sustainability groups: Corporate Accountability International, Environmental Working Group, Food & Water Watch, Pacific Institute, and Polaris Institute.

I own a reusable water bottle and use it all the time. You should too. I use KleanKanteen. Plastic bottles are no bueno. Besides all this they are destroying our oceans too.

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4 thoughts on “The Story of Bottled Water

  1. I have several re-usables and my tap water is from an underground river that my well taps. I doubt however, that anything we buy to put our water in is going to be environmentally harmless. The corporations are very good at making us think that we’re doing goo, when in fact, it’s the opposite.

    My girlfriend’s water on the other hand smells like sulfur. She’s got a water-cooler type thingy for drinking and cooking. Unfortunately there’s not much she can do about shower and laundry water. She already has a UV filter, charcoal filter and water softener.

    Is this done by the same people that did The Story of Stuff, or something like that?

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