Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

Is bottled water bad?

bottled-waterThere are few consumer products which produce as much controversy as bottled water. Water in a bottle is sometimes marketed as a luxury item, sometimes as a safety net in a world where government taps can’t be trusted, sometimes even as a health drink, and always as a convenience.

Very few folks outside of the developing world would suggest it’s a daily necessity, though it remains a common daily purchase by millions of people. For better or worse, it’s ubiquitous and here to stay. We’ve collected a variety of stories and perspectives on the issue here on this page and we’ll continue to post new stories here as they come in. Enjoy!

Water and Human Rights: Canadians Call for a Boycott of Nestlé Products

The Council of Canadians, one Canada's most respected social advocacy organizations, is doing the unthinkable: It's calling for a boycott of Nestlé Water.…

French Billionaire Clashes With Rural California Town Over Water Rights

Weed, a small town in the far north of California, is now the focal point in the fight for a community’s right to…

UNICEF Gamifies Giving Water, S’well Makes Water Bottles Fashionable

To save someone's life, all you have to do is set your phone down for a few minutes, go for a walk and…

Fund for Teachers Grant Inspires Water Study in India, Engagement in Class

With a $5,000 teacher grant, an Earth Science teacher spent six weeks in India documenting the global water crisis to make sustainability relevant…

3p Weekend: 8 Craziest Water Bottle Concepts on Kickstarter Right Now

For a creative solution to our nation's bottled water problem, we turned to that ever-bubbling hot-spring of innovation, Kickstarter. The ideas may seem…

Nestlé’s Expired Permit Prompts Water Diversion Lawsuit

Yesterday, three California nonprofit organizations joined together in a lawsuit against the U.S. National Forest Service. Their beef? Nestle's water bottling permit in…

Seriously, It’s Time to Stop Drinking Bottled Water

Bottled water can cost upwards of 300 times the cost of tap water, even when you factor in the cost of a home…

Cause Marketing: The Success of Michelle Obama’s Drink Up Campaign

Does cause marketing actually work? New data shows Michelle Obama's Drink Up Campaign is encouraging Americans to drink more water. Although some have…

Starbucks Bottled Water Highlights Sourcing Problems

A few weeks ago, Mother Jones published an investigation into Starbucks' bottled water brand, Ethos Water, revealing that it is bottled in Merced,…

Is the Protest Against Nestlé Bottled Water in California on Point?

The pressure is on in Sacramento, where activists protest that Nestlé is draining local aquifers of as much as 80 million gallons annually.

SodaStream Turns Off Green Messaging as Sales Decline

Rather than tout its products’ environmental benefits, SodaStream is emphasizing the health and wellness benefits of drinking water.

Is Too Much Bottled Water Coming from Drought Stricken Regions?

Much bottled water is coming from drought stricken regions, notably California, which is in its third year of drought.

Nestlé Hides Behind ‘Sovereign Nation’ in Desert Bottled Water Controversy

Nestle, which sells the most bottled water in the U.S., is attracting controversy for its bottling of water in a region suffering from…

Students Design Edible, Plastic-Free Water Bottle

In an ideal, eco-friendly world, disposable plastic water bottles wouldn't exist; everyone would drink their water from a reusable cup or bottle. But…

Harvesting a Wasted Resource: Q&A with Rainwater Bottler Agana

Cities and companies may try to ban bottled water, but this convenient form of hydration isn’t going anywhere soon. One company, Agana Rainwater,…