Bottled Water Faces Rising Tide of Criticism
That\'s before bottling vendors around the world get their feet wet, drinking bottled water becomes a very simple and healthy way to keep moisture and refreshed.
But now there is growing opposition to bottled water.
Phase out water bottles due to the development of the green movement
Regarded as the ultimate symbol of conspicuous consumption
Has become the latest fashion.
Sales of reusable eco
Friendly bottles like Sigg or Voss water surge. Green-
The idea website lists the location of the municipal water supplyup stations.
Cities like Chicago have added additional taxes to stop the purchase of bottled water.
Some critics of bottled water have expressed concern about the environmental waste of discarded bottles;
Others point out that the municipal water supply system provided quality water long before plastics became popular.
In the war with the bottle, the latest volley came from the United States. S.
The mayor\'s meeting last month voted to ban bottled water from city halls across the country, except for emergencies.
From San Francisco, California
To Fayettville, New York. C.
The government has banned water bottles from official activities, even cleaning water bottles from government cafeteria and vending machines.
So should bottled water be negatively affected by it?
Tara jidus, a spokesman for the American diet Association, said that if people can\'t get the bottles, they may not drink as much water on the journey.
It could dehydrate them, she said. Dr.
Arthur Frank, medical director of the weight management program at George Washington University Medical Center, is a strong supporter of tap water, but he says any water is a very good drink.
Why is bottled water prohibited?
It\'s not bad for you, he said. If bottled water is no longer served, people will turn to unhealthy alternatives such as soft drinks and juice, he added.
\"It\'s right there when you want to buy a handy one, isn\'t that good?
This is the healthiest thing you can buy in a drink cooler, \"said Tom Lauria, vice president of communications at the International Bottled Water Association.
According to the Beverage Marketing Company, Americans spend 8.
Bottled water in 2007 was 8 billion gallons, up 6 year on year.
From 2006, Americans spent more than 28 gallons of bottled water on average, 1%
Equivalent to 167. liter bottles.
Sales exceeded $11.
Last year, 5 billion of bottled water was second only to carbonated soft drinks.
There is no doubt that bottled water tastes good and is good for you.
The problem is that 8 out of 10 water bottles end up being landfill instead of recycling bins, and they may take 700 to start breaking down.
Considering how much water we drink, there are a lot of bottles.
The key, said Laurie, is recycling.
\"If you recycle, all the sins will be erased,\" he said . \".
Recycling solved the problem.
If recycled, it is ecologically safe.
\"But the recycling of Americans is not enough, which has become a slogan for groups that want to see bottles completely banned.
The Pacific Institute, a California environmental sustainability think tank, said bottle production in 2006 required 17 million barrels of oil, excluding energy for transportation.
The company also said it produced more than twice as much bottled water in the United States.
5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
The Container Recycling Institute does not intend to ban bottled water altogether.
Executive director Betty McLoughlin says it is better than alternatives such as sugary soft drinks.
The Institute just wants people to recycle bottles instead of throwing them away.
\"These materials are valuable,\" McLoughlin said . \"
\"What you have to do is say how we will manage it.
Craig Stevens, a spokesman for the American Beverage Association, said recycled bottles were used to make consumer goods such as carpets and ski suit liners.
Our water bottles can be recycled 100%, he said.
Other water bottles have a new life on inkjet cartridges and even decorations.
A Virginia company called Trex produces alternative flooring, railings, fences and decorations, and 50% of the products come from recycled plastics.
And a website called Design Boom.
Com recommends re-using these bottles as champagne glasses, candle holders, and even bird feeders.
But concerns about the environment are not the only reason to push for the removal of bottles.
It is said that bottled water has eroded the demand for municipal water supply.
Corporate Responsibility International said that the detection of bottled water is not as strict as urban tap water, adding that the high energy cost of making bottles is not worth the cost of a product that may not be better than local water.
It launched a campaign called \"think out of the bottle\" to promote, protect and secure public funding for public water systems by allowing people to choose tap water instead of bottled water.
Supporters include actor Martin Xin.
Cities like New York have launched similar campaigns.
Spend $700,000 on marketing, urging local residents to drink tap water.
Supporters of bottled water say this is not the case either.
\"It\'s a good thing to drink more water,\" Stevens said . \".
\"Bottled water is not a competitor to tap water.
Some mayors say it is unrealistic to rely solely on municipal water supply.
Don Robart, mayor of kehoga Falls, Ohio, said: \"I believe in bottled water very much . \" He did not support the resolution against bottled water at the mayor\'s meeting on June.
\"From a health perspective alone, I think we should encourage it.
Bottled water has weakened support for tap water, a pile of \"baloneye\", Robart said \".
He also noted how important it is to have bottled water on hand in an emergency.
Lauria noted that bottled water is indispensable when there is an emergency, such as Hurricane Katrina and recent flooding in Iowa.
He said the water industry was very generous when needed.
He said he found it ironic that the mayor of Des Moines was one of those who supported the mayor\'s resolution, which had recently been severely affected by the floods.
He also pointed out that when you are sitting at your desk, it is easy to find a replacement for the bottle, but not all urban workers have this luxury.
During the mayor\'s meeting, Miami police drank bottled water while patrolling, he said.
\"We will not be able to get one of the best resources we have,\" he said . \".
\"There is room for both types of water.