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.
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