members of Congress over the course of a year spent nearly one million dollars on bottled water.
That works out to about $2000 per member of congress, just on bottled water.
According to the group, there is a strong corporate push, led by Nestle, to “turn water from a human right into a profit-driven commodity”. While we doubt anyone at Nestle is actively ploying this, the trend of increased bottled water consumption in the US is certainly of concern.
Corporate Accountability is asking the public to petition Congressional representatives to get off the bottle and to invest in public water infrastructure.
What you need to know:
On the bright side, at least our lawmakers aren’t drinking soda pop all day (or are they?). But seriously, if you would have told the average American 50 years ago she or he should be buying water in a bottle they’d have thought you are crazy.
What happened? Billions of $$$ in advertising budgets to convince us that bottled water is a normal way to consume H two O. Here is a quote from a Susan Wellington, former vice president of marketing at PepsiCo:
When we are done, tap water will be relegated to showers and washing dishes…
But consider this:
- Bottled water costs over 1000 times more than tap water per fluid ounce.
- Bottled water uses over 2000 times more energy to produce and deliver.
- The purity of tap water is far more regulated than that of bottled water.
- Most bottled water sold today is simply tap water that has been filtered and then bottled.
So why are you still drinking bottled water?
What to do at the supermarket:
Just skip the beverage aisles in the supermarket. By avoiding the drinks section, you’ll be “forced” to drink tap at home. While we recognize the utility and convenience of opening a bottle of water when on the go, or in the car, try a reusable container, not single use plastic bottles.