Water water everywhere…

It isn’t often that I agree with the Evening Standard. In fact I suspect that this is the first ever occasion.

One of my (many) personal bugbears is bottled water. I really can’t see the point in it. It is rarely purer (if ever) than tap water and the carbon produced in its production and transportation is just enormous.

I have a constant battle with my mother on this subject. Mum is an ardent fan of bottled water. So much so that she even gives the cats bottled water in preference to tap water.

So Tap Water Vs Bottled…


It creates waste, a whole heap of it actually. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) reported in 2001 that 1.5 million tonnes of plastic are used to bottle 89 billion litres of water each year (Allaboutwater.org).

Energy, heaps. The production of bottled water also uses energy and requires transport to supermarkets/shops/etc. causing emissions from trucks.

Environmental issues. The bottles themselves cause environmental issues. Although they are made mainly from plastic the Recycling Consortium estimates that the UK produces approximately 3 million tonnes of plastic waste (The Recycling Consortium).

As the UK got through 2,070 million litres of bottled water in 2003 (Waste Online) it is clear that not all those bottles are getting recycled.

Tap water on the other hand is instant, doesn’t require transportation in trucks and the use of plastic bottles.

Why be ashamed of ordering tap water with your meal, it is a thirst quencher, allowing you to savour your wine. There should be no stigma attached to this, which is why I’m waving my flag for tap water!

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