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The information about the chemicals from the plastic bottles leaching into the bottled water has caused me to look further into what other food and drinks are packaged in plastics and what type of independent testing is done or not done to protect consumers. In addition, the "plastic soup" floating in the Pacific and Atlantic the size of Texas is alarmingly killing fish and plankton essential for life on our planet. Yikes. One more thing, I need to research for myself, but in the movie, members of Congress were questioning the FDA and EPA regarding the outdated procedures used to get products approved for the public. Like I said I need to verify this, but they said that no independent testing of products is required for approval and that the FDA and EPA rely on reports generated by the companies themselves stating that their products are safe. That just seems insane so I need to do some more research to see if that is true.
Well- I just went to the FDA.gov site
And found the following quote
FDA reviews the results of laboratory, animal and human clinical testing done by companies to determine if the product they want to put on the market is safe and effective. FDA does not develop or test products itself. The Agency does this pre-market review for new human drugs and biologics (such as vaccines, blood products, biotechnology products and gene therapy), complex medical devices, food and color additives, infant formulas, and animal drugs.
Something NEEDS to change.
Vote with your dollars by choosing products that are safe.
Write your political leaders and demand common sense regulation.
These current laws obviously care more about profits than the citizens of the U.S.A.
This documentary explores how bottled water comes about as well as the packaging and the impact on the environment. Let me tell you, if half of this is true (and I suspect all of it is) there is absolutely nothing positive about bottled water. It's as though that industry gets something for free, gets it onto the market at an unbelievably low cost and sells it back to you at an unbelievably high profit. Then they screw you on the back end by fouling up the environment. Essentially, they are charging you big money (more than you're paying for gasoline) for an inferior grade of a product you can get for nearly free. Not to mention the added health risks involved from drinking from those plastic bottles.
There are a few scenes where industry people are questioned on various matters and it even had me squirming. This is a horrible, horrible market in every aspect, and it is almost entirely unnecessary.
I'm tapping out now. I'm going to get myself a stainless steel personal water bottle and grab my water from home. It's safer to drink, costs less and won't screw up the environment.
"Tapped" is a documentary that discusses the question of whether clean drinking water is a basic human right or a commodity that can be bought and sold like any other. Stephanie Soechtig gives a behind-the-scenes approach to the bottled water industry that tries to control and profit off of this precious natural resource and the wastefulness of what happens to the P.E.T. bottles.
75% of the planet is covered in water, but only 1% is drinkable. America's largest bottled water corporations are bottling our natural waters everyday and selling it back at 1900% of the cost of tap water. Some states like Maine, California, and Michigan are fighting back and are in trials with Nestle, the bottler of Poland Springs water for the rights to their community water.
When so many documentaries focus on our dwindling natural resources, the loss of water would be much more frightening than oil. The truth that these companies like Nestle, Coca Cola, and Pepsi don't want you to realize is that bottled water is not cleaner, purer, or more healthy than tap water. They do not come from magical natural springs but from the same public sources as tap water. It is a completely unnecessary cost to the consumer budget that creates more waste and hurts communities that live around the refineries from pollution.
The question left to be asked is how much of these facts are scare tactics and how much is a valid threat that needs to be acted upon immediately? Concern about waste, the environment, and the health of people in our community is certainly very important, but it would be very difficult to convince our country that more attention needs to be paid to water when it is so focused on oil. It is sad, but true!Read more ›
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i'm senstiive to plastics so it doesn't surprise me that they found so many chemicals contaminating hte water. it's good to get some validationPublished 2 months ago by notbrucewillis
I show these to my students in my Environmental Science class that I teach. Very informative.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This will really make you think twice about buying disposable plastic bottles of water. The carbon footprint is terrible.Published 8 months ago by Doug Henry