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[豆知识] 【整理】2011-07-17&07-23 瓶装水的故事 (2/2)

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[Homework]   Bits of knowledge:"The Story of Bottled Water" part 2   2011717

Exactly how is that environmentally responsible? The problems strike here with extraction and production, where oil is used to make water bottles. Each year, making the plastic water bottles used in the US takes enough oil and energy to fill a million cars.

All that energy spent to make the bottle, even more to ship around the planet, and then we drink it about  2 minutes, that brings us to the big problem of the other end of the life cycle: Disposal. What happens to all those bottles when we are done? 80 precent end up to landfills, with they will sit for thousands of years or in an incinerators, where they are burned releasing toxic pollution. The rest  gets collected for recycling.

I was curious about where the plastic bottles that I put in the recycling events go, I found that in the ship load would be sent to India. So I went there, I will never forget riding over hill outside * where I can face to face with a mountain of plastic bottles in California. The real recycling will turn these bottles back into bottles. But that wasn't what was happening here, instead, these bottles were slayed to be down cycled, which means turning them into lower quality products what would be just chopped later, the part is that it couldn't  be down cycled throught a way there. Shipped all away to India just to be dumped in someone else's backyard.

If bottled water companies want to use mountains in their labels, it would be accurate to show one of the mountains of plastic wastes, scarying us, seducing us, and misleading us. These strategies are all core parts of manufacturing demand. Once the manufacturing all these demand, creating a new multiplemillion dollar market, they defend it by beating out the compitition. But in this case, the compitition is a basic human right to clean, safe, drinking water.

Pepsi's vice chairman publicly said the biggest enemy is tap water, they want us to think it's dirty,  and bottled water is the best alternative. In many places public water is polluted thanks to polluting industries like the plastic bottle industry, and these bottled water guys are all too happy to offer their expensive solutions, which keep us hooked on their products.

It is the time we took back the tap, that start with making a personal commitment to not buy a drink bottled water unless the water in your community is truly unhealthy. Yes, it takes a bit foresight to grab the reusable bottle on the way out, but I think we can handle it. Then take the next step, join the campaign that working for real solutions, like demand investment in clean tap water for all.

In the US, tap water is under founded by 24 billion dollars, partly because people believe drinking water only comes from bottom. Around the world, a billion people don't have access to clean water. Right now, yet cities all over are spending millions of dollars to deal with all the plastic bottles we throw out. What if that money was spent improving our water systems, or better yet, preventing pollution to begin with, there are many more things we can do to solve this problem, lobby your city's official to bring back drinking fountains. Works to ban the purchase of bottled water by your school, your organization, your entire city. This is a huge opportunity if millions of people to wake up, and protect our wallets, our health, and the planet.

The good news is it already started, bottled waters sales begans to drop while businesses booming for safe refilled water bottles, yeah, restaurants are proudly serving tap, and people are choosing to pocket the hundreds of thousands of dollars they would otherwise be wasting on bottled water.

Carrying bottled water is on its way to being as cool as smoking while pregnant. We know better now. The bottled water industry is getting worried because they giggles up. We are not buying into their manufacture demand any more, we will choose our own demands, thank you very much, and we are demanding clean safe water for all.
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