I still don’t understand why so many people buy bottled water, really, to me it’s one of the simplest ways to waste your money and say ‘go to hell’ to the environment. Recently a new company called Boxed Water is Better is trying to create some stir by selling water in boxes rather than plastic. Well, fair enough, cardboard might be a little better, but why oh why do decide to produce another kind of waste rather than encourage more people to use the tap? I understand and somewhat sympathise with the view that it’s not the producers’ fault, but rather the consumers who continue to support the wrong industries, but packaging and shipping bottled or boxed water and convincing people that it is best for them is misinforming and manipulating the public.
London on Tap is a campaign from Thames Water to promote drinking tap water to Londoners. Thames Water Chief Executive David Owens says: “Our water is 500 times cheaper than bottled water, and is kinder to the environment, emitting 300 times less CO2 to process than bottled alternatives. Tap water is not only good for you, it’s good for London and kinder to the planet.” Tap water is under more strict regulations than bottled water is and provides us with fluoride unlike bottled water. Fair enough, it may not taste just as nice as the bottled water does, but I still think London’s water is pretty good compared to other cities and countries. And for those who can’t take it as it is – use a filter!
[Image courtesy Boxed Water is Better]