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Sep 30, 2009
The harsh reality of bottled water
Only 24 percent of plastic bottles are recycled into products such as clothing, fleece blankets and artificial lumber, according to an American Chemistry Council report. The other 76 percent of water bottles end up in landfills, where they take hundreds of years to decompose while producing a toxic chemical called phthalate that is released into the soil. In Florida, the water bottle could easily end up in the ocean, polluting the water and allowing marine life to eat toxic particles. Locally, the environmental group ManaSota-88 has recommended that plastic bottles and bags be banned from landfills. More...

Sep 28, 2009
NewsChannel 11 Investigates: Bottled vs Tap Water
Many people drink bottled water daily, but is what you're drinking from the bottle really better than what you can get from the tap? NewsChannel 11's investigative reporter Nicole Pesecky has the answer. Americans drink millions of gallons of bottled water every day. And whether you prefer to drink bottled or tap, what's really the difference? We tested for metals and minerals in four popular bottled waters and Lubbock tap water to answer that question: Osarka, Dasani, 50 cent Spring Water and the more pricey water, Fiji. More...

Sep 28, 2009
Toxic Waters? Rarely, but let’s keep it that way!
Before you panic and revert to bottled water, you might want to follow the advice of the New York Times on-line article “How safe is your tap water?“ First visit the EPA drinking water quality reports that are available on-line to check out the quality of water in your town. Then, find out the names of the polluters that are located near you, by visiting the interactive data-base of water pollution records for the United States that was amassed by The New York Times. If you are one of the small percentage of people who have impared drinking water from your private well or your public water system, your next best step would be to use some sort water filtration at home while you lobby your legislators for cleaner water. Don't assume that bottled water is any safer, by the way. It is regulated by the FDA, an even more poorly funded and staffed governmental agency. More...

Sep 25, 2009
How Water Went On Sale and Why We Bought It
Twenty years ago, bottled water did not exist. Today, half your office probably refuses to drink from the tap. Elizabeth Royte, author of Bottlemania, is haunted by the thirty to forty billion plastic water bottles discarded each year, and intently shows the impact the bottled water industry has on humans and the environment. So staunch is Royte's dedication to hydration and tap water that she devises controlled experiments involving food dye to monitor her daughter's drinking habits throughout the school day. She also travels throughout the country, narrating the dubious practices of Nestle, Pepsi, and other major corporations behind the bottled water industry. More...

Sep 20, 2009
Curiosities: Is bottled water better for you than tap water?
"There is no reason to think any municipal water source would not be safe to drink," she says, adding that fluoridation of municipal water helps keep teeth healthy. More...

Aug 25, 2009
Bottled-water scam finally feels squeeze
WE DON'T MISS the water when the cash runs dry. Bottled water, that is. That refreshing news came recently as Nestle reported nearly a 5 percent drop in bottled water sales in North America and Western Europe. That company bottles water under the familiar names of Poland Spring, Perrier, S. Pellegrino, and Deer Park. More...

Aug 13, 2009
Nestle Loses Sales as Alice Waters Bans Bottled Water
Tap water is fine for Alice Waters, who stopped selling bottled stuff last year at her environmentally conscious Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California. That could be bad news for Nestle SA. Per-capita sales of the product in the U.S. will rise 6.3 percent this year and 3.6 percent in 2010, slowing from 8.9 percent last year, according to Euromonitor International Ltd. Operating profit growth at Nestle's water unit, whose 2006 sales of 9.6 billion Swiss francs ($8.7 billion) were 10 percent of the Swiss company's total, will shrink by half to 5 percent in 2008, UBS AG has forecast. More...

Aug 13, 2009
Decisive Victory – Bottled Water Sales Drying Up
Environmentalist efforts, a sagging economy and major cities outlawing the sales of bottle water, have contributed to a drop in sales. More...

Aug 13, 2009
Is This the End of Bottled Water?
The Cheapskate Blog Money-saving deals and simple advice for saving money The Cheapskate Blog Feed Daily E-mail Updates « Previous It's a Deal: Buy One, Get One Free Train Rides in Maine Next » Grocery Stores React to Cheapskate Shopping Habits Is This the End of Bottled Water? Posted by Brad Tuttle Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 9:21 am 1 Comment • Trackback (1) • Related Topics: food, freebies, q&a, recession porn, smart shopping, Australia, bottled water, Greg Karp, water The recession and the green movement are forces that crisscross and team up in many ways. Goods that are disposable or used briefly before heading to landfills are not cool—because they're both expensive and environmentally unfriendly. Hybrid cars are attractive because you save on gas in the course of decreasing your impact on Mother Nature. Then there's bottled water—especially the fancy sort of H2O that is shipped around the globe to be drunk by folks who have perfectly good tap water flowing freely in their homes. More...

Aug 12, 2009
Bottled Water, R.I.P?
Bottled water, once thought to be the savior of the beverage industry, now looks to be another relic of the boom. More...