Plastic Vs Stainless Steel Vs Aluminium reusable water bottles
Reusing water bottles is an eco-friendly antidote to single-use disposable plastic bottles, but which of the three main material choices (plastic, stainless steel, and aluminium) is the greenest option? G Magazine finds out.
Ecowarrior: David Suzuki
G Magazine catches up with David Suzuki, scientist-turned-philosopher, who continues to inspire millions of environmentalists around the globe.
Nestlé fails in lobbying effort to have a bottled water ban overturned
Bottled water has been banned at city-owned sites in London, Ontario since 2008. And, despite an effort by Nestlé to have the policy reversed, the city upheld its decision, reports Yahoo! News Canada.
School division ponders plastic bottle ban
Trustees in Winnipeg's largest school division are contemplating a ban on the sale of plastic bottles in their 77 schools, reports CBC News Canada.
5 Things you never have to pay for
When buying bottled water, you are paying for name and packaging. Much of the bottled water is actually straight from the tap, writes NJ.com blogger.
DC Water Offers To Help Congress Cut Budget And Save Environment
It was widely reported this week that new Speaker of the House John Boehner announced plans to cut the U.S. House of Representatives office budgets. While Boehner aims to do his part to help reduce the U.S. budget deficit, DC Water aims to help him, reports publicworks.com.
The ethical dilemmas of Cocaine and bottled water
Australians are making many decisions about how to spend their hard-earned cash in ways that are ethically sound: they're buying locally; looking for energy and water efficient appliances; scrambling free-range eggs. Wouldn't it be good if we extended the same thoughtful consumption to bottled water, pornography and illicit drugs?
Bottled water blamed for rise in cancer cases
A source at the Consumer Protection Society (CPS) has said that the rise in cancer rates in Saudi Arabia is "50 percent due to” an increase in bromate in bottled water, writes BiomedME.com
Fiji Water Sued Over Claim That Product is Carbon Negative
A Southern California woman has sued the Fiji Water Company in a class action complaint that alleges the firm's claim of having a carbon-negative product amounts to false and misleading advertising that sways consumers to buy the pricey bottled water, according to GreenBiz.com.
Councilman wants to ban bottled water
Aspen City Councilman Torre returned from a recent sailing expedition in the British Virgin Islands blown away by the volume of plastic bottles that littered the otherwise pristine blue waters, reports Aspen Daily News Online.
The bottled water sham continues
A recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that analyzed the labels of 173 unique bottled water products concluded that more than half of the bottled water products they tested failed the EWG’s transparency test: whether companies disclosed where the water actually came from, how the water was treated, and whether they revealed any results from purity tests.
Students battle bottled water
Marie-Claire Massicotte and Hannah Crisp sent a letter outlining their concerns about the environmental and ethical impact of single-use bottled water, and urged the district to ban its sale at their school. What the girls didn't know when they began the campaign is that the issue of whether to ban bottled water at the high school has been a political hot potato, reports delta-optimist.com
Bottled water plant rejected
Alpine councillors have rejected a plan to tap a Myrtleford water table for the lucrative bottled water market.
Councillors voted 6-1 against a planning application that would have seen an old tobacco farm on Buffalo Creek Road turned into a ground water extraction site, reports bordermail.com.au.
Fiji Water gets back to bottling despite tax
Fiji Water shut down its operations in Fiji and fired all its workers in protest at a large tax increase...then changed its mind, reports smh.com.au.
Seattle University bans bottled water
Some schools have banned junk food or soda, but one local university says no to bottled water, reports MyNorthwest.com.
Bottled water: 10 shockers "they don't want you to know"
American tap water? It's considered some of the safest in the world. Yet countless Americans shun the stuff that flows from faucets and fountains and buy bottled water instead. What's really in the stuff and why does it cost 3,000 times more than tap?
Here Dr. Peter Gleick, the author of "Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water," shares 10 of the most shocking facts about bottled water, reports CBS News.
Walmart to sell pet products made of upcycled waste
Beginning this month, Walmart will be selling pet products made from discarded, recyclable materials, as part of a new partnership with manufacturer Worldwise. The Full Circle program creates a closed-loop system that takes old plastic bottles, clothes hangers, plastic bags and corrugated cardboard and makes new products from materials that would otherwise be waste, reports Greener Design.
7 ways to kick the plastic habit: Tips and tricks for living plastic free
We need to break our dependence on oil, no doubt about that. One real culprit of our oil addiction is plastic. It's everywhere - from single use packaging, to toys, to household objects. The Huffington Post gives us ways to kick our plastic habit.
What is EVIAN spelled backward? Don't be that person
The reason it's important not to buy bottled water is that everybody does. In America, that's $11.5 billion worth of water a year. Crazy. Or, as George Carlin put it: "What is Evian spelled backwards?" reports The Huffington Post.
In historic move, Canada to list BPA as ‘toxic’
Canada is in the process of a historic move to add bisphenol-A (BPA) to its list of toxic substances, Environment Canada confirmed Wednesday, reports thestar.com.
Massive North Atlantic Garbage Patch Mapped
Scientists have gathered data from 22 years of surface net tows to map the North Atlantic garbage patch and its change over time, creating the most accurate picture yet of any pelagic plastic patch on earth, reports Wired Science.
Concordia receives a message on bottles: Find another way to carry water
Laura Beach believes it's time to wean Concordia University off the bottle. A third-year student in anthropology and geography, Beach wants Concordia to become the eighth university in Canada, and the first in Quebec, to pull the plug on plastic water bottles, reports The Montreal Gazette.
10 eco-tips for college students
Headed off to university? Here are 10 great ways to green your dorm, your classes and even your beer while you're a student, reports The Miami Daily.
How not to convince people to buy bottled water
The nonsensical and vaguely unsettling videos being pumped out by Bottled Water Matters, the consumer arm of the International Bottled Water Association, really don't help the industry's case, reports Fast Company.
No more bottled water for Israel ministers
Bottled mineral water will no longer be served at ministerial meetings in Israel, as a government forum said cabinet ministers will now have to quench their thirst with plain tap water, reports sifyews.
Robert Rector: Bottled water sales are drying up
If we could take a group of folks from the 1950s and plunk them down in 2010 Los Angeles, the first thing they'd say after looking around is: "Why does everyone carry a bottle of water?", reports Pasadena Star-News.
City Water campaign tries to tap into bottled H2O market
The Water-on-the-Go campaign hooks water fountains into fire hydrants in an effort to convince drinkers tap water is better than bottled, reports DNAinfo.
Popping the bottled water bubble
There are new data to support the idea that consumers are beginning to reconsider their recent love affair with bottled water, reports The Huffington Post.
Plastiki sails into Sydney Harbour
After an epic four-month voyage spanning 8000 nautical miles, Plastiki, the vessel made of plastic bottles, has made it to Sydney Harbour, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
Plastic is fantastic for banking dynasty heir
David de Rothschild doesn't believe in half measures. Arriving in Sydney today aboard a catamaran made entirely from recycled plastics, he has an important message for the world: It is not too late to save our oceans, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
Bottle boat voyage presents camera challenges for filmmaker
Filmmaker Vern Moen tells how he juggled watching the birth of his son on a Skype video call while floating on the Plastiki somewhere in the Pacific, reports The Australian.
Tap water to be offered at Jersey's Grassroots festival
Water will be on tap for festival goers at the 2010 Grassroots festival. The eco-friendly event is held at the Val de La Mar Reservoir, owned by Jersey Water who will be highlighting the islands tap water, reports BBC Jersey.
NYC's Water-on-the-Go Program celebrates summer with independence from bottled water
Just in time for days of temperatures in the upper 90s and triple digits, the City of New York has launched a program increasing the number of portable water fountains. The water fountains are being placed in several selected public places that are known to get high foot traffic over the summer, reports TreeHugger.
Cash-for-cans plan comes in from cold
Australia is moving towards a national recycling system for bottles and cans within the next two to three years, after a meeting of state and federal environment ministers voted to leap one of the last bureaucratic hurdles to a national "cash-for-cans" scheme, reports The Sydney Morning Herald's Ben Cubby.
National deposit scheme to be examined
A national drink bottle recycling scheme is at least a year away, with another study examining its benefits. Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett met his state counterparts in Darwin on Monday and agreed to a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) on a scheme that could recycle 11 billion bottles annually, reports ninemsn.com.au.
Bundanoon water ban may have hurt industry's bottle line
When residents of the Southern Highlands village of Bundanoon called a town meeting a year ago and voted 355 to one in favour of banning bottled water, few predicted the international interest nor the impact on the bottled water industry, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
Giving bottled water the boot
The small Southern Highlands town of Bundanoon took a stance on bottled water and created national headlines. Now, Central Tablelands Water – Canowindra’s water supplier – is set to join the fight against bottled water too, reports the Canowindra News.
Where Thoreau lived, crusade over bottles
Concord, Massachusetts - Henry David Thoreau was jailed here 164 years ago for refusing to pay taxes. Now the town has Jean Hill to contend with. Mrs. Hill, an octogenarian previously best known for her blueberry jam, proposed banning the sale of bottled water here at a town meeting this spring. Voters approved, with the intent of making Concord the first town in the nation to strip bottled water from its stores, reports the New York Times.
Bubblers help rid city of bottles
Lismore City Council has installed two new water bubblers to dispense free filtered water – and help rid the city centre of plastic bottles, reports The Northern Star.
Green ideas flow, like water
Concordia university conference organizers and volunteers dig deep to host an environmentally friendly event, from supplying compost bins and organic coffee to mapping out water fountains, writes The Montreal Gazette.
£1 buys 1000 litres of tap water. Or one bottle of the ionised variety
Diners are buying a new version of ordinary water for £1 a litre, 1,000 times more than it would cost if it came out of a tap, reports The Independent.
Message in a bottle
David de Rothschild has travelled to some of the world's most dangerous, exciting and environmentally challenged regions of the world in order to inspire and educate people, communities and businesses to become agents of change, reports The Australian.
The impacts of drinking bottled water
Nowhere in history does the phrase “Selling ice to Eskimos” apply more aptly than to the whole bottled-water fiasco. And not just because the analogue ice is frozen water. We Eskimos have been duped, reports Global Shift.
War on tap: America's obsession with bottled water
In 1976, the average American consumed a gallon and a half of bottled water each year. By 2008, the number had grown to about 30 gallons of bottled water per person in the U.S., reports National Public Radio
Single-use PET water bottles causing health and environmental concerns
According to Toxic Free Canada, manufacturing the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin, which is used to make water bottles, releases at least two cancer-causing substances into the environment, reports 100MileFreePress.net.
Bottled water faces backlash
"Carrying bottled water is on its way to being as cool as smoking while pregnant", claims the "The Story of Bottled Water" which debuted on YouTube last month and garnered more than 450,000 views, reports CNN.
Plastiki boat continues historic voyage raising waste awareness
Pity today's mariners. In ages past, sailors had only their memories of lost luxuries to torture them while at sea. Today, a laptop linked to the Web teases the crew of The Plastiki with images of bread as they bob across the Pacific, writes USA Today.
Vancouver marathon eschews bottled water
This year's BMO Vancouver Marathon has gone BYOB. That isn't an invitation for participants to bring a six-pack or their favourite Shiraz to the event. Instead organizers are asking runners to bring their own reusable water bottle, writes the Vancouver Courier.
Eco-sailor David de Rothschild fights ocean pollution
From his boat made of plastic bottles, the millionaire describes his voyage designed to publicise contamination of our seas, writes the Times.
Plastiki, the plastic bottle boat, to set sail
The Plastiki, a boat with a hull built of 12,500 plastic bottles, was set to sail from a Sausalito yacht harbor this morning on a risky and adventurous voyage across the Pacific, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
$1.1m to sell 'world-class' water
The City of Ottawa is looking at a five-year plan costing $1.1 million to promote its 'world-class quality drinking water' as it tries to improve access to its water, increase confidence in the product and curb purchases of bottled water, reports the Ottawa Citizen
Cities promote tap water because it's good policy
Blogger Ed Kohler gives a round-up of what cities around the world are doing to promote tap water.
Clean Up chief's advice good enough to bottle
School boys are turning plastic bottles into trees in the name of sustainability, reports the Mosman & Lower North Shore Daily.
Sending a Message in 12,000 Bottles
Step onto the Plastiki, the eco-friendly catamaran currently bobbing around the San Francisco Bay, and one suddenly has the undeniable sensation of being at sea on a giant bath toy, writes the New York Times.
Melbourne inventors keen on green
Melbourne is leading the market in environmentally conscious designs. New products from two inventors are hitting the shelves in a bid to decrease excess waste and lessen the impact on the environment, writes the Oakeigh Monash Leader.
Controversy bubbling as bottled water gets the boot
A few years ago bubblers were rarely discussed now they are a hot topic of debate. The pros and cons of bubblers are being thrashed out across Australia and the world, writes the Macarthur Chronicle.
Clonard College bans canteen bottled water
Geelong's Clonard College has banned the sale of bottled water from its canteen in a Victorian secondary school first. The school unveiled the ban this morning as a part of a student-led campaign to reduce waste and help the environment, reports the Geelong Advertiser.
Bottled water industry gets boost from developing economies
Global bottled water consumption advanced 4.5 per cent to 218 billion litres in 2008, according to a new report from drinks consultancy Zenith International, reports Australian Food News.
Doctor slams use of bottled water in hospital
Wollongong Hospital is pouring money down the drain by providing bottled water to patients, a Wollongong doctor claims, writes the Illawarra Mercury.
Container deposit legislation: Does 10 cents make much sense?
G Magazine explains what Container Deposit Legislation is and the different points of view in the arguments for and against a national system.
Heart problems linked to bottle use
A chemical commonly used in plastic bottled may be harmful to the heart, a number of US studies have found. Rachel Browne from the SMH reports.
Green Minute - bottled water
In this video blog, Courier Mail’s Graham Readfearn puts a persuasive case that bottled water makes no sense, environmentally or financially. We spend half a billion dollars annually on something we can have from the tap, and use millions of barrels of oil in its production.
School water fountains to prevent obesity
As The New York Times reports, a new study shows that installing school water fountains, distributing reusable water bottles in classrooms and educating kids about the health benefits of water can lower a child’s risk of obesity.
Want to save $1,400 a year? Give up bottled water.
Jeff Yeager at the Daily Green points out that bottled water is 240 to 10,000 times more expensive than tap.
Voluntary addition of fluoride to bottled water
As reported on the Food Standards Australia and NZ website, the Australian Beverages Council Ltd has applied for approval of the voluntary addition of fluoride to bottled water, in a further effort to duplicate what most Australians already get from their taps.
Australian dental body recommends fluoride in bottled water
The Australian Dental Association today supported moves by the beverage industry to add fluoride to bottled water “because fewer people are drinking tap water”, ignoring the obvious alternative of promoting the consumption of tap water over bottled water, as Australia Network News reports.
As John Walsh writes in today’s New Matilda, despite the fact that sales of bottled water are up around the world there is now the inevitable backlash. The environmental cost of producing somewhere north of 100 billion plastic bottles a year is obvious.
A new dig at bottled water
The New York Times reported today that consumers are turning their backs on bottled water and returning to tap and filtered, as issues such as the environmental costs of bottled water and contamination risks come to light.
Interviewed for mindfood.com, environmental journalist Elizabeth Royte talks about her latest book Bottlemania, which investigates our environmentally damaging penchant for bottled water.
Marketing 'juggernaut' creating flood of bottled water: author
Interviewing author of Bottlemania Elizabeth Royte, ABC Radio’s Eleanor Hall today reported on one of the most remarkable marketing coups of the last quarter of a century- the explosion in bottled water sales when a safer, better tasting alternative is available for a fraction of the cost on tap.
Like water for profit
Bottled Water outsells both milk and beer in the United States. Conrad Walters from The Sydney Morning Herald investigates the phenomenon that is bottled water with Bottlemania author Elizabeth Royte.
Bottled water fad springs a leak
Julian Lee, writing in today’s SMH, reports that in the US bottled water is becoming the new social evil, as in Australia Manly Council bans its use at meetings.
The US Natural Resources Defense Council comprehensive Q&As providing the facts on bottled water in the American context.
Bottled water: pure drink or pure hype?
The NRDC’s March 1999 petition to the US Food and Drug Administration and report on the bottled water industry.
Sailor Charles Moore first encountered the North Pacific Garbage Dump in 1997, returning home to Los Angeles from Hawaii, reports The Herald Sun.
The unintended consequences of hyperhydration
It’s easy to find, in the mightily expanding iconography of American waste, the monumental (a ziggurat of flattened cars), the sinister (ocher sludge foaming on a riverbank) and the sublime (a plastic bag fluttering in a Japanese maple). The empty bottle and crushed aluminum can are none of these, reports The New York Times Magazine.