Nestle is the world’s largest bottled water company and the owner of brands such as Perrier and San Pellegrino.
Facts about bottle water from Food and Water Watch
- Bottled water is not safer than tap water. In fact, the federal government requires more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water. In addition more than half of all bottled water comes from the tap.
- Bottled water is thousands of times more expensive than tap water. Compare $0.002 per gallon for most tap water to a range of $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon for bottled waters
- Bottled water hurts the environment. After millions of barrels of oil are used to produce and ship plastic water bottles around the world, 75% of them land in the garbage or our waterways instead of the recycle bin.
- Plastic water bottles often contain numerous harmful chemicals such as cancer related chemicals like BPA, hormone-altering chemicals such as phthalates, and Antimony, which in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and death.
- Drinking water should be safe, accessible and affordable for all. Clean water is a basic human right and a public service, not a corporate commodity. Bottle Water companies are trying to change this through controlling public water sources and selling what was free water to poor communities at rates they cannot afford. Learn more about this here.
For more details about the impacts of bottle water please visit the Ban the Bottle fact page.
Tapped – Bottle Water Documentary below
Alternatives to Bottle Water
Choose tap water
Take the Food and Water Watch Take Back the Tap Pledge
- Buy reusable bottles
- Start a local “Ban the Bottle Campaign”
- View a map of current campus water bottle bans