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.

Corporate polluters have been getting away with poisoning our drinking water sources for many years now. Residents of Washington County in Minnesota know all about the dangers of water pollution.
In a recent article from the South Washington County Bulletin (swcbulletin.com), findings show levels of PFCs in citizens of Cottage Grove have been declining. PFC is short for perfluorochemicals. While there does not seem to be any documented studies that has linked this chemical to any human diseases or illnesses, you can be sure that they can and will damage your health.

This chemical is used by many companies to make fluropolymer coatings and other products that resist oil, stains, water, grease, and heat. This chemical does not break down in nature. It eventually can show up in food products and drinking water.

The company that has been responsible for dumping this toxic chemical is 3M. The company has been lawfully dumping this chemical waste in sites nearby Cottage Grove for decades. Unfortunately, all of those years have passed before there was enough awareness of the consequences of this action. Apparently there was not enough concern or knowledge of the impact that this pollution would have on drinking water sources.

Although there has been a decline in the amount of this chemical found in individuals that have been tested in 2010 than those tested in 2008, the fact that there is any amount in their blood streams is obviously a cause for concern. While there may not be any direct link between this chemical and any specific illness, it wont be surprising when it happens.

As part of the Minnesota Department Of Healths remediation efforts, new carbon filters have been placed at nearby water treatment plants. Those who had relied on their well water were either given carbon filtration units, or were connected to the citys treated water.

This story is a shining example of how it pays to be proactive when trying to protect your health. Instead of just assuming that the water that you are currently drinking is safe, why not make sure. One of the only ways that you can do this is to filter it right at the point of use. Again, this is where a good home water filtration comes in. Had residents of Cottage Grove and nearby towns assumed that their public drinking water and tap water was not safe to drink, they could have drastically limited their exposure to this toxin by installing a home water filtration system. Its the best water filter for preventative health measures.

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.

The Clean Water Act of 1972 is being attacked by a series of lawsuits that aim to considerably limit the scope of its reach.

This is definitely a major step backwards for legislation that has done much to clean up our waterways. Recent Huffington Post and NY times articles have shown the severity of this issue. These lawsuits have been effective in reducing the number of waterways that have clear protection from the Clean Water Act.
waste water pollution
Its no surprise that these attacks are lead by certain Republicans in Congress. They are currently trying to prevent the Obama administration from being able to have the Act clearly label which streams should be protected. Should they succeed in their efforts, about 20% of wetlands will not be protected and approximately 117 million Americans will be forced to get their drinking water from sources that are not protected under the Act.

This has become a very complicated issue due to the efforts of the lawyers trying to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act. Many different types of waterways are being analyzed to determine which ones should be protected and which ones can basically be disregarded. How long will it take before our business and government leaders realize that all waterways need complete protection. Its that simple, and its very important. We dont need lawyers to make this issue more complicated so that polluters can make more money.

The end result of weaker environmental restrictions concerning our fresh water sources is lower business costs for companies that produce liquid wastes. Businesses that currently produce considerable liquid waste as a by product of operating would love to save money by having more convenient options to dispose of these toxins. When will they realize that this is an extremely short-sighted action to take? Their profits might be up in the short-term, but they are ruining the resources that they need to continue to do business in the future.

Ideally, businesses need to make fundamental changes in how they operate so that there is not such a considerable need to pollute. Again, the word sustainable comes to mind here. As we make a shift to a more local and sustainable way of producing the goods and services that we need, the far less water pollution there will be. This could be a win-win for both businesses and those who care about preserving our natural resources, and therefore our future.

In a recent article by Ryan P. Kelly and Margaret R. Caldwell on signonsandiego.com, the deteriorating quality of southern Californias bodies of water is under scrutiny by the EPA.

According to the article, water along the coastline and nearby rivers and steams have become considerably more polluted over the past few years. While this is a devastating fact by itself, this problem is compounded by at least two different factors. Firstly, much of Californias residents live in coastal counties. These residents are now being exposed to water that is considerably worse than in previous years. Another factor to consider is that these polluted waters end up in the coastal sea water, which has already been abused for decades.
California water pollution
To make matters even worse, coastal waters are also a victim of acidification. This is the end result of the process by which the worlds oceans absorb the carbon dioxide that is in the atmosphere. As the name implies, the pH levels of ocean waters are becoming much more acidic. This has been having dire effects on many much ocean life. For example, this has caused the shells of oysters, plankton, and mussels to dissolve.

This problem may not be news. It should not take a threat from the EPA for positive action to be taken on water pollution in any part of the country. On a more positive note, parts of southern California were able to make improvements in air quality over the past three decades. The same can, and must be done for local clean water sources.

City and state budgets are still strained from an economy that has yet to improve over the past three years of the great recession. However, something as basic to society as clean water should be protected at any cost. Ideally, this is not something should get caught up in any local governmental red tape. Its simply something that needs to be taken care of.

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