Magazine article New Internationalist

Bottled Water Free Day Makes a Splash

Magazine article New Internationalist

Bottled Water Free Day Makes a Splash

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A curvaceous, crystalline container painted with snowy mountains may make its contents appear delicious, but how good is bottled water? According to a coalition of Canadian non-profit organizations - the Polaris Institute, the Canadian Federation of Students, the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Sierra Youth Coalition - bottled water is a complete scam. Not only does it generate an enormous amount of waste, it has also been shown to pose serious health risks. A study conducted by the Natural Resource Defence Council (NRDC) found that bottled water is less regulated than tap water in the United States. In Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found that there have been 29 recalls of 49 bottled water brands since 2000.

The good news is there are alternatives. On 15 March, you can celebrate Bottled Water Free Day in Canada by pledging to reject plastic bottles whenever tap water is available. The objective? To challenge the bottled-water industry, reject the privatization of water and promote environmentally friendly municipal drinking water. …

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