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The Top Thirteen Reasons Why Bottled Water is gaining Prevalence

The Top Thirteen Reasons Why Bottled Water is gaining Prevalence

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The fight against water bottles is starting to turn into a staple topic for many environmental activists today. This is a problem I noticed, when I was chased by a few “environmental veterans” for having purchased some cases of water bottles. It seemed that it was the brands that pissed them off the most. I never figured that branded bottled water could be a problem.

I was at an event a while back when trouble started. My crime to them seemed to be the distribution of water bottles. Their attempts at chasing me made the entire ordeal seem like a drug bust. In fact, a drug bust would be least troubling than what I faced.

The shouting and noise made the event seem like a Spartan cry. If you find yourself in a position where this is happening, then some research becomes necessary. And research is what I did.


After the research.

The research I did on the topic has led me to a main conclusion. This being the anti-bottled water campaigners errors. It seems to be that the anti-bottled water campaign started for health reasons, yet against incorrect information. The problem you see isn’t bottled water. It’s just the water.

Anti-bottled water campaigners believe that bottling is dangerous to human health. A plague upon humanity is what it seems to be for them. Yet, more research on my part has shown bottled water to be necessary.

I think we’re lucky to have bottled water in plastic bottles. It’s a great invention, no matter what you think of it. It also has many critical uses. So below, I’m going to be mentioning some points I have regarding the errors of the anti-bottled water campaign.


(1) Safety

This is usually the biggest talking point for those campaigning against branded bottled water. Most of it is related to the dangers of ingesting plastic. Now, while plastic is slightly damaging over a “very long period of time”, it is necessary. There are simply no cost-effective alternatives for use by the big populations we have today. Forget steel jugs to be shared by an entire household. This is a trend of the past. Glass is usable, but it is not practical for long-term use of transport.

Glass is actually very difficult to recycle. If you’re an environmentalist, you should be quite aware of this fact. It is extremely impractical for transport. Children going to schools with water bottles may suffer if their glass bottle breaks or shatters. It is much safer to use plastic bottles for children, and when broken, the splinters do not cause damage to those exposed by accident.

Bottled water is also healthy since they lack in harmful additives. There is no caffeine, flavours, or artificial colours.

Also, mineral water is much safer than tap water. It’s rare finding contamination in water bottles, considering the intensive cleaning process they go through. Public water on the other hand has higher cases of contamination than usual. Few fatalities may even be recorded if you look online.

Consider for example the following source, where 40% of sewage plants in South Africa aren’t operating properly. Water spills into rivers and dams, which is used by us as drinking water! It is quite disgusting, isn’t it?

Another thing to consider is the other alternatives for a quick drink. You have sodas, beers, and alcoholic drinks. Isn’t mineral water healthier than the previous alternatives?


(2) Life-Saver in Critical Situations.

In critical situations, water bottles are a core part of life saver toolkits. Take the South African floods of 2011 as an example. The victims there would have appreciated the clean water in bottles. There’s no doubt about that.

Natural disasters or not, critical situations usually lack public water systems for use. Let’s assume you’re lost on top of a hill, and waiting for rescue. Water in a bottle would sure be useful then.

(3) Bottled water is scarcely used by many.

Do you drink water in a bottle? Well, I guess you’re a rare bird. Bottled water is less than 1% of the world’s water consumption.

(4) Bottled water is seen as a luxury, rightfully.

There is a lurking perception for many activists that branded bottled water is supposed to be cheap. I don’t see this as true. The world is rife with famines and water problems. Currently, public water seems to be severely under-priced in that regard. We think that bottled water is well-priced, especially considering its cleanliness. It may be a luxury, but the hygienic effects are worth the costs.

(5) It’s excellent for advertising.

You can advertise on a water bottle by sticking your brand on the plastic bottled water itself. It’s an effective way, and does not add harm whatsoever.


(6) They’re made of petroleum and not sufficiently recycled.

That is a true statement, and probably the most credible talking point for anti-bottle activists. In fact, only about 20% of water bottles around the world are recycled. Petroleum also means that oil consumption is boosted just to make those bottles. This means that we need to drop oil production, and recycle more. A little more effort there.

Thankfully, there are efforts to produce biodegradable water bottles through plant material. The compositing effect is starting to appear on the market. In my opinion, I think activists should shift their efforts towards promoting those.


(7) There’s no class stigma attached to water bottles.

There is no sexism, militarism, racism, or homophobia when it comes to water bottles. Everyone uses those bottles in some shape or form.


(8) Easier to recall off the markets.

Bottled water is easier to recall, and even to redistribute, if there are any problems. With bottled water, issues with contamination (if you find any) are resolved through cleaning the water properly. You can then redistribute the drinks again.


(9) Do you live a fast lifestyle?

You may be someone lacking the time to even sit down for a full meal. You may be on the move a lot, where you definitely need to carry water on you. That is what bottled water is for. With bottled water, you save time, without worrying about refreshment needs.


(10) Bottled water is fully portable, and thus versatile.


(11) Producing one hamburger consumes more water (about 6000 litres) than producing 500ml of bottled water.

If you want to save water, buy less hamburgers.


(12) Water issues are trivialised and diverted by the anti-bottled water campaigners.

If bottled water disappeared off the market we would still have water issues.


(13) Anti-bottled water campaigners selected branded bottled water as the symbol for water problems

My guess is that its high impact was a key factor. This serves them well as a marketing ploy,  but is not a representation of truth about water issues and their solutions.



Finally, to conclude this, I would like to present an idea on why environmentalists have chosen to campaign against bottled water. It is my opinion that this is mostly an attention stint. If you’re campaigning against branded bottled water, then you’re more likely to get eyes, even if it’s just for mockery. As seen through the previous points, the campaigns don’t solve problems related to human water consumption. In fact, taking them off the market may serve to even cause bigger problems in the future.

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