independence from bottled water

This 4th of July, why not consider independence from bottled water?

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  1. Dr. Cherry
    Posted July 5, 2007 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I like bottled water, it helps me spot marks at 100 yards. P.T. Barnum would be proud.

    Local consumers don’t realize that because of where we live, odds are the water coming out of the tap is better than the crap in bottles.

  2. Posted July 5, 2007 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    You know what I hate? It’s those stupid Chevy Americana commercials that say in the song something like “hot dogs, baseball, satelite radio, apples pies, bottled water and chevrolets.”

    To drink bottled water is to be American. Doesn’t that say it all? And the commercial is supposed to make me want to buy a Chevy.

  3. Ol' E Cross
    Posted July 5, 2007 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    We have good friends who are members of a farm co-op so they can buy organic, locally produced foods. They get all their drinking water delivered to their home. When we camp, they bring a 24 pack of bottled water rather than pump the camp’s locally provided water. The disconnect baffles me.

    My favorite quote from the “bottled” link:

    (To run 24/7) Fiji Water … supplies its own electricity, with three big generators running on diesel fuel. The water may come from “one of the last pristine ecosystems on earth,” as some of the labels say, but out back of the bottling plant is a less pristine ecosystem veiled with a diesel haze.

    More and more frequently, I’ll be at some food court and ask for a cup of water and be told, “We only offer bottled water,” by cashiers standing in front of a sink.

    Closer to home, citizens are battling Nestle. And, if anyone’s looking for a Michigan vacation spot this summer, consider visiting beautiful Ice Mountain.

  4. Tin Foil
    Posted July 5, 2007 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    No bottled water? Then what I’m supposed to use to make my trucker bombs?

  5. mark
    Posted July 5, 2007 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Those in Ypsi might be interested to know that there’s a movement afoot to bulk order some good, reusable, light-weight ceramic water bottles. If you’re interested, send me a note and I’ll put you in touch with the guy placing the order.

  6. egpenet
    Posted July 5, 2007 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Drink all the water you want! Just don’t buy it in those throw-away plastic bottles. Come’on Jennifer, start charging a fee for those babies!
    The world began drinking water in bottles long before we were born, but they use glass (or otherwise recyclable) bottles.

  7. Ol' E Cross
    Posted July 5, 2007 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    EdP, I don’t care much what folks drink their water out of as long as it wasn’t shipped across the globe/country/state when the same thing magically appears from their faucets.

    That said, Mark, why do I want a ceramic water bottle? I think I want one, but I don’t know why.

  8. UBU
    Posted July 7, 2007 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Why not bottle your own water like Howard Hughes did!

  9. kez
    Posted July 8, 2007 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    chuck norris doesn’t drink bottled water… he squeezes fresh rain water from the clouds with his bare hands…

  10. egpenet
    Posted July 8, 2007 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Bottled water in plastic bottles is essentially “dead” water. No good and no bad chemicals. Tap water is better for you.

  11. soundman
    Posted July 9, 2007 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

  12. Ol' E Cross
    Posted July 13, 2007 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Ann Arbor bans bottled water! (Well, sort of.)

  13. Ol' E Cross
    Posted March 24, 2008 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Now that bottled water is getting a bit of increased public scrutiny, Starbucks and Pepsi are marketing their brand, Ethos Water, as a charity to bring water to Africa.

    Africa gets five cents of every bottled sold; I wonder how much Matt Damon gets for appearing in their ads?

  14. mark
    Posted March 24, 2008 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I’d have to clear it with Melissa first, but I’d be willing to donate 1% of every Severed Unicorn Head sale to a militant anti-bottled water organization, if such a thing exists. If one doesn’t exist, you could start one, OEC. All we’d ask is that you leave a severed unicorn head behind every time you waterboard a corporate CEO with Ethos Water.

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