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Straight From The Tap

Posted by Matt Cipriano | 3 Comments

There has been growing concern about bottled water recently. A little while ago there were reports that the plastic that bottled water was packaged in was leaching into the water itself which isn’t great. Next there is the environmental impact the disposed of bottles have.

Well, the NY Post is reporting that some New York restaurants are addressing this issue and ‘banning’ bottled water at their locations. so far 12 are on board with the ban (including the Waverly Inn, Del Posto, Gemma, Bobo, Gusto Organics and Broadway East). Apparently the issue has become big enough that even the Park Slope Food Co-op will be voting later this month on whether they will continue to sell bottled waters.

According to the NY Post article, it takes 41 million barrels of oil a year to produce, transport and store bottled water. In place of bottles like Pellegrino you will have the option of free tap water (as you always did) or specially filtered tap water that will run you about $5 a glass. Of course at places like Per Se all non-alcoholic drinks are free of charge (they offer both bottled water and filtered water).


3 Responses to “Straight From The Tap”

  1. Paul Wooldand
    April 7th, 2008 @

    I think they should also ban bottled wine, soft drinks, and all forms of packaging for their food. If you want eggs, bring the chickens to you!

    They should also ban the use of electricity, natural gas, and wood for cooking. Eat it raw I say. Better yet, stop growing and transporting food all together. Just stop eating. It’s the ultimate diet!

    Furthermore, all building materials and construction should be banned. Many millions of barrels of oil a year go into building stuff. All construction should be stopped immediately!

  2. Jason
    April 8th, 2008 @

    Paul makes an important, albeit sarcastically exaggerated point: there needs to be a balance between what we reasonably eliminate from our lives while still recognizing that unless we decide to return to 18th century living we’re going to have to use some oil.

    Having said that, I do happen to agree with taking steps to eliminate the ridiculous overuse of bottled water we use as a planet. Forget the fact that it takes petroleum to make the bottles, but the amount of waste it creates in the end is unbelievable. The New York Times ran a huge feature several months ago about the growing problem of empty plastic water bottles and how adding a nickel deposit akin to soft drink bottles and cans wouldn’t solve the problem but would just create others, i.e., more machines for the extra recycling, more trucks to haul them away, etc.

    Apart from the environmental concerns it kind of annoys me on a social level. When did we become so worried about the water that comes out of our tap that we’ve been drinking for years and years? Then there are the people who always have to carry water with them as if imminent dehydration is a threat.

    Sandra falls into both categories and I indulge her by buying her bottled water when I go shopping. It’s pretty cheap (about 35 cents for 1.5 liters), but I’d still prefer to spend that 7 Euros a month on something else. She insists the water from the tap is gross. To me it tastes not unlike the water I drank my whole life on Long Island, but she grew up in Switzerland where bottled water flows off the mountains (without the bottle). She’s also insists that she drink 2 liters of water a day – that it’s necessary and important. Okay, I’ve read that too. But I generally determine the need to drink water based on thirst, not a chart that tells me how much I should drink. I’ve also seen charts that tell me based on my age and height I should be eating between 2000 and 2500 calories a day. If that’s all I ate I’d be hungry most of the time. I eat a lot more than 2500 calories a day and I drink a lot less than 2 liters of water. I’m neither fat nor dehydrated.

    But if she starts giving bottled water to the cat, I’m not supplementing the cost anymore.

    Now I must go because after writing so much I’m quite thirsty.

  3. Livan
    April 8th, 2008 @

    If you want to learn some more about bottled water, might I offer this video I made to visually illustrate the point. I am a magician and this video is PRO TAP WATER.


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