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rex Jun 8th, 2007 11:22 PM

No one who claims to be concerned about greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change (personally, it doesn't interest me in the slightest)...

...could possibly justify drinking bottled water, which is driven by the truckload, flown by the planeload from producer to warehouse, from warehouse to store, from store to your home.

...not to mention the petrochemical tonnage involved in creating the plastic bottles.

Just thought you might need to be reminded...

Best wishes,

Rex

Leburta Jun 9th, 2007 01:08 AM

The bottle water in the grocery stores is surprisingly inexpensive (as low as .16E for 1.5 liter bottle). I have seen small bottles available in six-packs even in small stores.

It is not a good idea to freeze liquids in plastic for consumption, however. Nor is it a good idea to continually reuse a plastic bottle.

hopscotch Jun 9th, 2007 01:16 AM


Aquafina is "purified drinking water" and "bottled by independent bottlers under authority of PepsiCo, Inc" per the label. I can't stand the stuff and have five bottles laying in the pantry.

I like Evian, if I have to buy a bottle of water for a trip. The Evian spring is on the shore of Lac Leman.

Tap water is fine. Bottled water is a waste. And hauling it around in my day bag is a further waste. When I get thirsty I stop in a cafe for a beer, a juice, or an espresso.






Graziella5b Jun 9th, 2007 01:22 AM

I agree the only water to buy it is spring water, it seems silly to buy tap water in a bottle, or more or less so. When I travel usually I like to drink spring water because I always wonder how the water deposits of old buildings are. Is this stupid from my part?
Usually I get the bottle water from one of the many little stores that abound all over Europe.If possible I try to avoid the mini bars.

Photobear Jun 9th, 2007 05:32 AM

Thank you to all who were helpful on this thread.

I am not an evil person for drinking bottled water.

I just wanted info, not a debate.

celticdreams Jun 9th, 2007 05:43 AM

This is in no way a criticism of the OP (we often buy a case of bottled water to throw in the trunk while we're on vacation).

What did we all do BEFORE bottled water? Were people dropping of dehydration if they weren't able to hydrate every 10 minutes? I never drank water during the course of a day until I went on weight watchers. It's still all I can do to get 48 ounces a day in.... I never manage that when I'm on vaca....

robjame Jun 9th, 2007 05:53 AM

<<What did we all do BEFORE bottled water? Were people dropping of dehydration if they weren't able to hydrate every 10 minutes?>>
Certainly we are a lot more conscious of the need to hydrate - look up deaths of kids on football fields, etc.
... then there was Walkerton Ontario - hasn't happened with bottled water...YET

Canada_V Jun 10th, 2007 08:56 AM

Hey Photobear - I too missed the part of your post where you asked for feedback on the politics of the bottled water decision :-) though I am glad to see you also got your question answered!

PBProvence Jun 10th, 2007 02:50 PM

Photobear,

would just like to add that Contrex is probably not the best choice if you're out sightseeing. It's diuretic ....

Also, don't drink out of the plastic bottles if you've left them sitting in a hot car. Apparently the heat breaks down something in the plastic that isn't exactly good for your health.

The water here in France is perfectly fine to drink, btw.

PB


Odin Jun 12th, 2007 09:19 AM

There were also some fountains marked eau potable in certain villages, where local people were filling up their bottles.

kerouac Jun 12th, 2007 09:55 AM

Not completely local people -- they could turn on their faucet to get the same water. Perhaps people from another village.


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