But it is a choice.
So ends a very thought provoking Message in a Bottle by Charles Fishman and published in FastCompany more than a month ago.
I ended up writing “Missing the Water: Now” for the Floyd Press column back in August, but it was the issue of bottled water that I had thought I would be focusing on, and not the global drinking water shortage, present and future. So this post points to the “acting locally” part of that “thinking globally” issue, I guess you might say.
Now, having been exposed in recent travels to water-drinkers in airport terminals and shopping malls and finding Evian filling my own daughter’s refrigerator, the issue rises to the top once again.
This FastCompany piece was one that ended up in my notebook with more highlighted paragraphs than not, so I’ll be hard pressed to extract tiny gulps from this essay that overflows with bottled water facts and stats, as well as the moral and environmental consequences of that personal choice. If you have any pangs of conscience regarding the ethics of your thirst-and-perceptions-driven consumerism, read Message in a Bottle.
Then (by the same title!) make a choice from among eight different reusable bottles that might carry the water of your future. But let the buyer beware: check carefully when buying plastic. The jury is still out on safety with regards to some plastics. Your run of the mill bottled water bottle however, gets very bad marks indeed, and the practice in my house of refilling used soft drink bottles has got to stop.