When I was a child bottled water was made in France, sparkled and tasted rank. Now, it’s everywhere, mainly encased in plastic, and I’ve always been baffled how the great British public has been conned into spending a fortune on something it doesn’t need. We have excellent quality tap water in this country which costs pennies to the consumer. Why pay, at a much greater price, for the same product in a bottle?
There are further disadvantages. The bottles have to made. It takes a third of a bottle of oil to make the bottle itself. That plastic is hardly benign. Microplastic breaks off and floats in the water. Mind you, the environment is so polluted with plastic, there’s no escaping it. The river Tame in Manchester is full of the stuff. Then, energy is consumed filling the bottles and transporting them to the shops. Huge lorries full of the stuff regularly pound through my village on their way to Morrisons.
There is no evidence bottled water is cleaner. In fact, it is tested far less often than tap water. Then, companies cannot resist adding flavourings typically involving sugar.
It’s not as though you can’t access water if you venture out from the safety of your own home. It turns out there are taps in gyms and restaurants too.
Having consumed the content, the bottle needs to be disposed of. Recycling is not cost free. It still requires the population to comply and the burning of energy. Still, plenty of them find their way into the oceans and kill whales.
Michael Gove wants to put the price of a plastic bag up to 10p. Isn’t it time to be brave and take on the multi-million pound bottled water industry? Let’s stop pussyfooting over supermarket bags and caffeine-heavy sugary drinks for kids. Let’s ban bottled water. It’s pointless and damaging. Get those taps turning and ask for tap water when you go out to eat. You’ll be making the world a better place and saving money to boot.
The Beach Boys – Cool Cool Water (alternative direct from the tap version)