Thursday, July 24, 2008

Trout boo bottled water

Bottled water is evil.
Demand for the stuff is staggering and astonishing to one who drank from the tap most of his life.
This plastic bottle stuff, to the tune of 9 trillion gallons guzzled in the U.S. alone last year, is inundating our landfills and roadsides.
Aqua Blog Maven in California quoted a story from Fox News a few months ago that 86 percent of the water bottles are not recycled.
The landfills get 38 billion bottles every year.
These things are not environment-friendly.
It cost a lot in energy and fuel just to get the bottles transported.
Made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PETE, many of the single-use containers end up in China, where they re-use them to make useful stuff. No one else does much recycling.
I once thought filling the empty bottles with some of our spring water would be OK, but the plastic leeches evil chemicals into the water over time and the bottle is not exactly germ/bacteria free after I have used it. It needs a chlorine bath.
The really sad thing is more than 25 percent of that fancy bottled water comes from ... get this ... municipal water supplies.
Go figure.

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