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!


Casey Container: Plastic Bottles That Are Both Recyclable and Biodegradable?

Plastics from single serving water bottles, or grocery bags accumulating in the world’s oceans have long been in the spotlight as eco villians.…
Buy them by the 3-pack

Evian Spray: Oh, The Humanity…

Yes, this is a real product. It’s Evian water in a disposable spray can. Why? Well, according to Evian’s website, the “millions of…

Has FIJI Water Jumped the Shark?

FIJI water has gotten so much flack lately, I’m starting to feel sorry for them. On one hand they’ve been shaken down by…
NEWater Display, Singapore

Wastewater, Singapore’s New Drink of Choice

Since 1961, Singapore imported drinking water for its now 5 million citizens from Malaysia. One of the contracts expired this year, and for…

Lawsuit Filed Against FIJI Water For Greenwashing

The Newport Trial Group filed a class action lawsuit against the Fiji Water Company in the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, CA…

Fiji Water Threatens to Pull Out of Fiji

If Fiji Water pulled out of Fiji, wouldn’t that make it just Water? Would people care? Or is it just the square bottle…
Recycling System

Re-imagining Recycling: We Are Our Own Best Infrastructure

More articles on the controversy surrounding bottled water can be found here! by Sarah A. Maine The most contentious issue of the 201…
recycled vs reusable water bottle

Showdown: Recyclable versus Reusable Water Bottles

More articles on the controversy surrounding bottled water can be found here! Water is water, right? Not quite. The container and the source…
Cascade Locks, OR

Water Wars: Oregon Vs. Nestle

One of Nestlé’s brands, Arrowhead, has made a huge move in Oregon. The company wants to tap at least 100 million gallons of…

Revisting the Fiji Water Question With

Three years ago, Pablo Paster wrote a post on 3p which attempted to quantify the various environmental impacts embodied in a bottle of…
Ferry Building, San Francisco

San Francisco Issues ‘Green Approved’ List for Products and Services

Back in 2005 San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed legislation, The Precautionary Principle, requiring its procurement officers to adhere to an approved list…

YouTube Campaign Extols Bottled Water’s Virtues

One International Bottled Water Association video, depending on one’s mood, may actually convince consumers to shy away from bottled water.

Rebranding Tap Water: NYC Water-On-the-Go Campaign

More articles on the controversy surrounding bottled water can be found here! On a recent walk along New York City’s Union Square Park,…

New York City: Love Our Tap Water

New York City is accelerating a public service announcement campaign that is letting its 8 million residents know that drinking its tap water…

A Tale of Two Plastic Bottles at LOHAS Forum

More articles on the controversy surrounding bottled water can be found here! During an information-sharing panel at the LOHAS Forum about the Deepwater…
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