Bottled Water Prices And Sales Continue To Rise

From a recent report from reuters.com, it seems that the bottled water industry is just as strong as ever.

Nestle, a Switzerland corporation, is the largest food and beverage company in the world. It sells 15 different types of bottled water. It is not worth mentioning specific brand names, as you have most definitely heard of at least a few of them.

What is interesting to note about this specific corporation (and possibly a few others as well) is that they have recently increased the cost of their completely unnecessary product. As expensive and overpriced as bottled water is, it just became pricier. The company justifies this price increase due to higher commodity prices. They are not concerned about the effects of this increase because they know that the demand will be there.

While it is quite unfortunate to hear that the demand for bottled water will be increasing, there is a silver lining to this story. Apparently, part of the increase in the sale of bottled water is due to a decline in the consumption of carbonated soft drinks. Obviously, it is considerably better to be drinking water compared to soda. However, it is quite apparent that there is still much work to do to educate the general public about all of the downsides to the consumption of bottled water.

Not surprisingly, it is also right here in the United States where this education is needed the most. This is the only developed country whose carbonated soft drink sales are still higher than bottled water sales. So of all of the plastic contained fluids that are available, we are still choosing the worst ones. The end environmental result remains the same; considerably too much extra waste due to plastic bottles. I think that it is worth repeating that our landfill problems are not going to take care of themselves.
bottled water landfill
Obviously, a company that sells a billion cases of water a year is not about to walk away from such a cash cow. Their only real concern is to mitigate any bad press that they might get with some good public relations. Like most corporate polluters, they ultimately feel that environmental concerns are someone elses problem. This is grossly irresponsible. More recently quoted from Spiderman, Voltaire said with great power comes great responsibility. This is absolutely true in this case and in any other situation where a decision can affect many people or the world as a whole.

Personal consumer choices still hold great weight in this world. We can all make a big difference by making the right daily choices. Deciding which things to buy and not purchasing certain items at all can make for widespread changes in time. This will not happen overnight. It is our responsibility to help each other make wiser consumer decisions. If you do not yet know about all of the many ways that home water filters are so much better than bottled water, then please find out. Whether you discover these advantages through this site or any of the other ones online, take that first step. Youll eventually find out that you could be getting water that is cleaner, drastically less expensive, and much more environmentally friendly.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thank you for helping to spread the word.

Universities like the College Of Dupage, in Naperville Illinois, are making strides against disposable bottled water.

The college has installed a total of five water bottle filling stations throughout the campus. Students that are concerned about bottled water waste can now use these water filtration systems to do their part to help reduce the amount of bottles that end up in landfills.
bottled water filling stations
Whats unique about these systems is that they showcase a green ticker that displays how many water bottles have been spared from use and therefore needless waste. Since the filters inception in the college in 2010, more than 40,000 16 ounce bottles have been saved. This is obviously a major step taken to combat this source of environmental pollution.

The systems are set to fill 16 ounce reusable bottles. No buttons need pushing as the system detects the presence of a bottle and automatically fills it up.

It wont be long before word of these great systems spreads to other institutions. While the upfront costs associated with these systems range in the thousands, the waste saved from landfills is priceless. This is the kind of leadership that must take place for real change to happen. Organizations should not always need a monetary return for every investment that is made.

As more universities, corporate office spaces, and organizations of all kinds get word of these great systems, we will see some major headway in the prevention of bottled water use and waste. Major change can also come from the home. Obviously, a good amount of time of the average person is spent away from school and work. Having a good water filter at home will ensure that you will have access to clean water no matter where you are. Definitely do some research to get the best water filter that you can find.

We can all do our part to spread the word about this. Tell everyone you know that using a water filter is less expensive, more convenient, and less wasteful than bottled water.

People are increasingly becoming aware of what a horrible choice bottled water really is.

One of many recently notable articles can be found at Vanderbilt Universitys student news site InsideVandy.com. The guest article did a wonderful job at concisely summarizing the major faults and issues surrounding bottled water.
bottled water waste
According to the writer, most Americans continue to drink bottled water either because it has become such a large part of our culture or people are generally unaware of how bad this water source really is. Well, its obviously a little of both in my opinion.

The article also points out some key facts concerning this plastic contained water

  • Its 10,000 times more expensive than tap water.
  • There is little to no regulation in the bottled water industry quality is not guaranteed.
  • Forty percent of water that is bottled is essentially tap water.
  • To produce a water bottle, it takes 3 times the amount of water that it can contain.

In light of these facts, it really makes no sense for this industry to continue to thrive like it has. Speaking of thriving, the industry rakes in more than 60 billion dollars per year. That money could definitely be used to make a positive impact on the environment, instead of the negative one that this industry is known for. The fact is that a high percentage of these bottles end up in landfills. This form of pollution, like most, is obviously avoidable.

More articles from university sites and others need to be published. Eventually, everyone will become aware of how bad this way of getting drinking water really is. How many water bottles will you throw away before you begin to become concerned? How many more hundreds of dollars do you want to waste on these overpriced bottles of water?

What about those who are concerned about the quality of tap water? There are alternatives. Home water filtration systems like Aquasana are an excellent option. These systems can offer you highly pure water for a fraction of the cost of bottled water. It only takes a small amount of planning ahead to fill your reusable water container at home to take with you to work or wherever.

Please do your part to help spread the message Bottled water has to go.

Hurricane Irene may seem like a distant memory for most people on the east coast, especially those that suffered no property damage. However, some towns are experiencing problems at local water treatment facilities.
According to an article from the International Business Times, towns in New Jersey and Vermont experienced some of the worst flooding in years due to Irenes strong winds. This has caused problems at local municipal water treatment plants. These facilities are only capable of handling a certain amount of water at any give time. After severe flooding occurs, the treatment system becomes stressed to a point where water can no longer be effectively treated. This flooding can also cause power outages, water line breaks, and a disruption in the disinfection process.

The end result of this problem is that the towns that are affected must call for a boil-water advisory. This extremely important alert means that tap water is not safe to drink. However, it is supposed to be safe enough for laundering clothes and general bathing. The water most likely contains decent quantities of bacteria that would cause sickness if consumed.

Living in this situation would really make you realize that it is easy to take clean tap water for granted. The most common reaction that most people have in this situation is to flock to their nearest supermarket or convenience store and stock up on bottled water. If you ask me, this is not only unnecessary, but also an environmental waste and an inconvenience. It would be relieving to know that I would not be one of the people fighting for my share of bottled water before stores run out. The simple reason for this is that I own an Aquasana water filter. I would rest assured knowing that my home water filter can handle a little extra bacteria.

This is just another great example where it pays to take more of a proactive approach to life. Too many people seem to only take action when they absolutely need to. The end result of this procrastination is usually means more money lost and time wasted. The point is that those affected by this storm (and anyone who relies on tap water) could have thought about potential tap water quality issues ahead of time. I still find it hard to believe how many people take access to clean water for granted, especially in America. Its too bad that it takes a potential emergency situation to make people a little more aware of how unstable our way of life can be sometimes.

The state of Vermont is considering a plan to get rid of bottled water services to all state government offices.

Naturally, this has many state employees quite upset. Many do not have on-site access to water that is fit for consumption. The state argues that spending more than $200,000 annually on bottled water while millions have already been spent on public water treatment makes no sense. Theyve also tested water at 8 different office locations and determined the water to be potable.

The state is also looking to do the right thing from an environmental perspective, in addition to saving money. They make the obvious point that many chemicals go into the the process of making the plastic for the water coolers. However, they did not make the obvious distinction between the large, durable plastic water jugs that are reused and the common smaller plastic disposable water bottle. So while they mention the environment, their main concern is largely monetary, and thats fine. It would be better if they were to just focus on their economic concerns, as that seems to be the primary issue here.

Both sides seem to be completely unaware of any other options. The best solution in this case is one that has already been adopted by many different types of businesses and office environments. It simply involves the installation of a high-capacity water filter that can provide filtered water throughout an office. There would, of course, be costs involved with this change but it would be considerably less than paying for a water delivery service.

Another option would be for states like Vermont to actively seek out a mutually beneficial relationship with a home water filtration company like Aquasana. The state could work out a deal to purchase a large number of filters from the company at a discounted price and pass the savings on to state employees. Office workers can simply take their home filtered water with them to work. They would obviously also have the benefit of having access to this water away from work as well.

The second option would require that enough employees are willing to spend some of their own money for their own home water filters. This would not be an issue once people realize the many benefits they would gain with this plan. They would save money on water away from work, gain a more convenient way to get water, and maybe even become a little healthier.

Theres no question that many, if not all states are still suffering financially from the recent recession. The challenge that our elected officials have are considerable. With such large budget deficits, many officials are faced with cutting some very basic and crucial public programs. Ideally they will strive to always do the right thing and protect those that need the most help.

I think that this story is a grey area. As important as clean drinking water is, state employees do have reasonable options like bringing water from home. These difficult times are calling for all of us to pitch in a little more and find new ways to work together. Hopefully that idea will catch on.

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