Bottled Water Debate

“I don’t see why people have to buy bottled water. The cost of it is huge.”

“It’s no cheaper than buying a bottle of pop or juice.”

“I know that. But the fact that we have inexpensive, perfectly good drinking water that comes from the tap makes it ridiculous that we consume bottled water as a product. I mean just think of the environmental cost of packing and shipping this product. Not only are we producing huge amounts of plastic but we are then transporting it across huge distances by truck. Thus we are polluting the air, using more gasoline, and creating a huge amount of garbage.”

“But the bottles are recyclable.”

“Yes they are, but many end up in landfills anyway. And there is a cost to recycling as well. Bottled water just isn’t worth it.”

“I understand that but I want a healthy alternative when I am out and about. I don’t want to have to buy a sugared beverage to quench my thirst. I don’t want to have to buy a pop that has caffeine in it or a juice drink that contains very little juice. That is why I buy bottled water.”

“I agree. I drink a lot of water but I don’t drink it out of single use bottles. I have plastic refillable water bottles that I use. I even bought a new stainless steel one. The new one is really cool because it comes with a carabineer so I can clip it to my belt when I go out.”

“That is cool.”

“Even cooler would be that if this became acceptable. I think businesses need to start letting people bring in their own water bottles. They could charge a small fee for filling them up with tap water and everyone would have a healthy alternative to the pop and sugary drinks that are mostly available. Bottled Water could still be available for those who wish to consume it but the government should heavily tax it to deter its use by the general consumer.”

“That’s a cool idea. I don’t know if people who go for it though.”

“Why not? People pay the tax for cigarettes and alcohol.”

“Maybe-”

“All I know is that it is time for a change. We need to think of the environmental cost of the things we consume. This plan could significantly reduce that cost.”

“And put bottled water companies out of business.”

“I don’t think that should be our concern. Businesses need to grow and adapt. It wouldn’t be the first line of business to go the way of the dinosaur. Besides, that is a small cost to pay in relation to what we have been talking about.”