Last year, one of the most important films of our time was made. The film “Tapped” has opened my eyes to the damaging effects that plastic has on our environment and the bottled water companies control of our water. Take the time to see this documentary and pass it on to everyone you know.
“If you eliminate the scourge of bottled water, you will be eliminating one of the biggest problems facing our environment”. —Charles Moore, founder, Algalita, and discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Tapped is a condemnation of one of the most ubiquitous acts of consumption today, the purchase of bottled water. The scathing new documentary reveals a litany of damaging effects as it follows this environmental scourge from production to “disposal,” including the Pacific Ocean’s floating continents of plastic debris twice the size of the continental United States.
This documentary also examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.
Along the way, the directors demonstrate how corporate greed combines with a lack of government oversight to allow bottled-water giants Coke and Pepsi to continue bottling water during recent droughts in Georgia and North Carolina, and encasing it in cancer-causing chemicals.
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Too Many Bottles-It is a Waste
- Single-serve bottled water is the fastest growing beverage of choice in the United States.
- Americans purchased nearly 31 billion bottles of water in 2006 and spend $11 billion on bottled water every year.
- Nearly 2.5 billion bottles of water a year are sold in New York alone-stacked up end to end, they’d reach the moon.
It’s a Waste of Money
- Tap water creates less pollution and uses far less energy and natural resources than transporting and manufacturing of plastic water bottles.
- Bottled water costs as much as $10 per gallon-tap water costs less than one cent per gallon.
- Nationally, local governments spend $43 billion per year to deliver some of the highest quality water in the world.
- In New York, we spend $2 billion per year to provide safe, clean drinking water to the public.
It’s a Waste of Plastic
- Unlike soda and other carbonated beverages, there is no deposit on water bottles so fewer are recycled.
- Nationally, only 10% of plastic water bottles are recycled-90% end up as either garbage or litter.
- 30 million single-serve non-returnable containers end up in landfills or as litter every day.
- We spend millions annually to clean up plastic bottles that litter our highways, parks and open spaces.
It’s a Waste of Energy
- 18 million barrels of crude oil equivalent were consumed in 2005 to replace the 2 million tons of plastic bottles that were wasted instead of recycled.
- Manufacturing that much plastic releases more than 800,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to global climate change.
- If we recycled the water bottles used in New York, we would save more than 67,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
- In New York, the oil used to make our bottles is equal to 66 million gallons of gasoline; enough to power 120,000 automobiles for a year.
- Since New York adopted the bottle bill in 1982, 90.6 billion beverage containers have been recycled. Roadside container litter has been reduced over 70%.
- San Francisco and Los Angeles have banned city departments from buying bottled water. Ann Arbor, Michigan is calling for city events to be bottled water free. Salt Lake City urges city workers not to buy bottled water. Maine, Hawaii, California and Oregon have deposit laws that include bottled water.
What You Can Do
- Recycle or return all of your beverage containers.
- Pick up bottles along the road or sidewalk and recycle them.
- Drink tap water-it’s better for the environment, even using a filter is cheaper than buying bottles.
- Get involved-help start a recycling program at school, work and sporting events.
- Buy and refill reusable bottles.
- Learn more about your local recycling program.
Black Water and Brazenness: Life in Shale Country is the first article in a series, “Bradford Blues: Gas Drilling Disrupts Lives, Endangers Health in Bradford County, PA,” based on interviews with residents in 2011.
In the streaming gold-green light of June, Bradford County’s rolling hills fill the soul with a sense of sweetness. But the beauty of a chestnut horse glowing against a green field on the high side of one road is marred by the huge fracking pit down a low hill on the other side.
Fracking pits are multi-million gallon earthen impoundments, lined with easily punctured plastic sheets, often filled with “flowback,” gas drilling waste with numerous toxic fracking chemicals. Flowback also includes dangerous materials which are harmless deep down in the shale but are brought up by drilling and fracking processes. These contaminants include arsenic, barium, and the intensely radioactive radium 226, which causes lung and bone cancer and has a half-life of 1,600 years.
Fracking Fumes, Bad Water, and Namelessness
Local people such as Monika Osborn worry about the proximity of gas drilling operations to schools, waterways, and to their own homes. ”I’m surrounded by 28 gas wells,” Osborn said last weekend, referring to them as “monsters.” She said she was “nearly suffocated” by a wave of fumes coming from a drilling operation last week. Osborn, who has refused to sign a lease, mentions quietly that she is losing her hair, but hasn’t reported this to any authorities. Mistrust of the industry, of the PA Deparment of Environmental Protection (DEP), and of everyone in government who is supposed to be looking out for people’s health and well-being, runs rampant in Bradford County, as I found out early. …………………..
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“The brazenness, the lies, the immorality of it knocks you off your feet, to take away people’s water and not repace it,” said Osborn.
Jody and Jason’s family can’t shower safely at home or provide the animals drinking water from their own well. As a recent study by researchers at Duke University pointed out, the health consequences of human exposure to high levels of methane through ingestion and skin contact has yet to be studied.
Black water, gray water, fizzy water, flaming water…. What the frack is going on when people don’t have clean, safe water in Pennsylvania in the year 2011?
Do I need a water filter?
Never before has the need been greater for quality home water purification.
America’s tap water is contaminated with toxic heavy metals, synthetic organic chemicals, chlorination by-products, biological parasites and virtually thousands of harmful contaminants.
“E.P.A. reports show that U.S. water supplies contain over 2300 cancer causing chemicals…” — Ralph Nader Research Group
Studies also show that bottled water isn’t any purer than tap water, it simply costs more. Most quality home water purification products can provide water far superior to bottled water, at a fraction of the cost and in the convenience of your own home. The intention of this site is to promote the use of home water filtration, show what products are available and how to determine which ones are the best. Our goal is to also increase basic awareness of this critically important subject.
In America’s highly industrialized society we use over 80,000 toxic chemicals every day, and over 1000 new ones are being developed every year. We are learning the hard way that all of the chemicals we use, will ultimately show up in the water we drink. There is no “new water”, this planet keeps recycling the same water over and over. As we use more synthetic chemicals, the levels in our water supplies increases proportionately.
In contrast to popular belief, our water treatment facilities were not designed to take out synthetic organic chemicals and toxic heavy metals like lead. Municipal water treatment today is essentially the same as it was over 100 years ago, the water is flown through sand beds to remove visible particles and then bleach (chlorine) is added to kill most of the bacteria! We do not filter out the synthetic chemicals!
75 years ago, before all of these chemicals were present in our environment, 1 out of 50 Americans would get cancer in their lives… now, 1 in 3 Americans… 1 in 2 males, will become cancer victims! 1 in 8 women get breast cancer, childhood cancers have increased 300% in just the last 20 years… and much of this can be linked to the accumulation of man made chemicals in our body.
Cancer is not natural, it’s a man made disease, and for the most part… completely preventable. The purity of our water is one of the most critical factors in the prevention of cancer and other degenerative diseases. Water is our body’s only means of purifying its self. If our water already contains chemical contaminants, our body is not able to use it to its full benefit. When the risk is so great and the solution is so simple… why chance it?
In-home water purification is the most effective, by far the most convenient and most economical means of providing clean, healthy water for you and your family.
“Healthy water” is the best health insurance we can get… and home water purification is the best way to get it… possibly the only way.