Sunday, July 29, 2007

Bottled Water Causes Global Warming (and cavities)

If you drink bottled water, you may be adding to your carbon footprint unwittingly. Production of plastic bottles for those fancy-label H2Os uses 1.5 million barrels of oil per year - enough to fuel 100,000 cars.

Just the transportation of bottled water results in increased carbon emissions from trucking the water to market.

And soon there will be a couple of bottled waters that will have to include the fact that they are nothing more than tap water. Both Aquafina by Pepsico and Dasani by Coca-Cola get their water from public water sources. Those are the sources that flow through pipes into your house, the low-carbon alternative.

Furthermore, bottled water has been linked to an increase in the incidence of cavities amongst young people. Most bottled waters contain flouride levels that are well below standards. Flouridation of municipal water sources has been heralded as the single most successful health achievement since the 1960s. But the desertion of public water sources in favor of bottled water has led to a rise in the rate of cavities that is comparable to pre-1960s levels.

So - save the planet, save your teeth and save your wallet. Next time, turn on the tap to quench your thirst.


nyscof said...

Actually, the ethical thing to do is to compel your legislators to stop adding fluoride chemicals into the drinking water so less people will buy bottled water.

Fluoridation leaves a huge carbon and toxic foot print.

First of all the fluoride chemicals are contaminated waste products of phosphate fertilizer manufacturing and are allowed to have trace amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury and other toxins while being poured into your water supply See:

Besides that, fluoridation requires trucks and train loads of fluoride chemicals to travel all over the U.S. delivering their toxic payload. Machines are required to inject the fluoride. Machines are required to test the water to make sure it is not fluoride overdosed. Water department employees have to travel, usually by car, to various places daily in their community to make sure the fluoride levels don't get too high and kill people. Also since fluoridation chemicals are highly acidic, neutralizing chemicals must also be added - more expense, more unnecessary exposure to chemicals.

And to add insult to injury, modern science shows that fluoridation is ineffective at reducing tooth decay, harmful to health and to the environment.

While your representatives legislate fluoride into your drinking water, most of them drink bottled.

For more info:
fluoridation 101

Fluoridation News Releases

Tooth Decay Crises in Fluoridated Areas

Fluoride Action Network http://www.FluorideAction.Net

Fluoride Journal http://www.FluorideResearch.Org

Rollo said...

I am afraid that many of your claims are inaccurate - and, may I add, alarmist - but that is not surprising.

Let's start with water inspection. This would be done whether or not they fluoridated the water. Water must be continually screened for thousands of contaminants and different mineral and toxin levels regardless of whether the municipality adds fluoride to the water. So these employees would be driving about anyway.

Secondly, I never suggested that bottled water doesn't contain fluoride, all water contains fluoride. Fluoride compounds are constituents of mineral rock formations and water passing over them dissolves the fluoride compounds, so that all water sources contain fluoride. Spring water, tap water, well water and even your bath water all contain fluoride. Bottled water just contains less fluoride than fluoridated tap water.

The point is that there are more communities that fluoridate than not, and if they were regularly exposing the public to toxic levels of fluoride, people would be dying daily. Like anything else, there can be isolated cases where through mistakes, someone can be injured by relatively harmless substances - such as the woman who recently died from participating in a radio contest where she ingested too much water and died of water poisoning.

Alarmists abound, warning us always about this conspiracy and that danger. But the real truth is that more Americans are living longer and healthier than at any time in history. They are doing this despite fluoride, pesticide, preservatives and food additives - or maybe, because of some of these things.

Sheesh, relax a little and enjoy life.

Janus Torrell said...

I like to get a big glass pitcher and fill it with tap water and ice. amazingly easy too.

Rollo said...

And the ice in your glass isn't melting due to C02 emissions?

Janus Torrell said...

Not as of yet, but I will let you know if that changes....