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Tara Cronica is about exploring the never ending desires that fuel all life while finding lyrical beauty in everyday happenings - a site created by three Canadian women with alot of smart things to say. One of them, Bonnie Johnson posted "The Bottled Water Fairytale" on November 28th, with links to Bundanoon, the Australian town that has gone bottled water free and Tapped, the wonderful documentary we have recommended here before.
Here's an excerpt:
"My husband grumbles about how wrong it is to have to pay for water. “Water belongs to every creature on our planet, it shouldn’t be a commodity that people profit from, and it’s all just bottled tap water anyway” – is his usual spiel. “No it isn’t! It comes from the glacier fed pristine mountain-top natural springs of …of…somewhere beautiful and untouched by man” is my highly intelligent come back as I pass the guy over the counter a fiver and get only a few nickels and dimes in change back.
So this post is for my husband. You are right. I’ll say it again, you are right and I should not have doubted you, wise man. Lap it up because this may not happen again.
I’ve just discovered that my beloved Dasani bottled water, that I swore on my mother’s life, was glacier pure and sent from the magic natural spring fairies, is indeed just bottled tap water. (You may want to be extra careful crossing the street Mom)."
....and goes on:
"It was after watching the trailer for the documentary ‘Tapped’ and perusing the movies official website that I discovered Dasani (bottled by Coca-Cola) uses filtered municipal tap water. As does Pepsi’s Aquafina by the way. Then they charge us 1900 times the cost of that tap water. Bottled water costs more than gasoline!! I also learned that only 20% of the plastic bottles used for water are ever recycled and that it takes up to 1000 years for a plastic water bottle to biodegrade in the landfill. Plus – BPA (Bisphenol – A) is what those large 5 gallon water cooler jugs are made out of. Y’all know the danger to exposure of BPA by now I hope."
Thanks Bonnie, and your partners at Taracronica.com. Nice site, nice post. There are millions of people still buying bottled water, which means millions of people we still need to convince to make small changes in their lifestyles to reduce bottled water use whenever possible!