Monday, February 9, 2009

Think Outside the Bottle Pledge

You may have noticed In my sidebar is a brand new icon to clutter up my blog: "Think Outside the Bottle." I have never seen the point in having water bottled, it's nasty, the bottles just go to a landfill (poluting the earth), and we have delicious local water that's ours free for the taking. Still, the pledge lists other, bigger, better reasons to stop drinking bottled water, and I so I have pledged this pledge:

Think Outside the Bottle Pledge

Because water is a human right and not a commodity to be bought and sold for profit;

Because bottled water corporations are changing the very way people think about water and undermining people's confidence in public water systems;

Because up to 40% of bottled water in the U.S. and Canada is sourced from municipal tap water;

Because some bottlers have run over communities' concerns and the environment when they extract water and build bottling plants to get local spring and ground water;

Because bottled water travels many miles from the source, results in the burning of massive amounts of fossil fuels, and contributes to the billions of plastic bottles ending up in our landfills;

Because worldwide there is a need for investments in public water systems to ensure equal access to water, a key ingredient for prosperity and health for all people; and

Because solutions to ensuring water as a fundamental human right require people acting together and standing up for public water systems,

I pledge to Think Outside the Bottle, which means:

Opting for public tap water over bottled water; and

Supporting the efforts of local officials who prioritize strong public water systems over bottled water profits.

Signed by:
Gemini

2 comments:

azurevirus said...

since this is under a teotwawki blog alert I will say this..go for tap water, nothing wrong with that at all but that bottled water will taste good if for one reason or another tap water becomes unavailable ..I keep 3-4 cases of bottled water just in case that happens..ie" broken water main or whatever..I hope I didnt miss the point of your post..if so I apologize

Gemini said...

We do store water in 30-gallon barrels as well as in smaller 3-5 gallon containers just in case, as you said. It's good advice for the country when you have problems with your well, and in the city w/no power.
I, however, have done the pledge thing against bottled water for the above reasons. Some of them are more important to me, like the waste from all those plastic bottles. You can reuse some of them, but it's difficult, at best. On the bottom of most water bottles is a little triangle with a number inside it. If the number is "1," then the bottle is intended for single use only. If the number is "3" or "7" (I think those are the numbers...) then the plastic contains harmful chemicals that you probably don't want your water touching.