Bottled Water Labeled “From the Tap”


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Bottled water is a huge environmental issue, both in the amount of plastic waste created and the needless carbon produced during the processing and transport stages. This is a topic we’ve covered pretty extensively at Go Green with Chad’s ongoing initiative to avoid bottled water altogether, an effort I think we’ve all adopted. If you haven’t read his posts, check out the first one here and the follow-up. The Post and Courier also ran an article recently taking a look at the scourge of water bottles and their impact on the Charleston area.

So with a solid understanding of the needless impact placed on our environment by bottled water, I was almost giddy when I read, according to CNN, that Pepsi will start labeling their Aquafina brand bottled water as originating from public sources.

PepsiCo Inc. will spell out that its Aquafina bottled water is made with tap water, a concession to the growing environmental and political opposition to the bottled water industry. According to Corporate Accountability International, a U.S. watchdog group, the world’s No. 2 beverage company will include the words “Public Water Source” on Aquafina labels.

Pepsi’s Aquafina bottled water and Coca-Cola’s Dasani are made from purified tap water.

“If this helps clarify the fact that the water originates from public sources, then it’s a reasonable thing to do,” said Michelle Naughton, a Pepsi-Cola North America spokeswoman.

This is a huge step. I’m sure millions of people will be shocked that all bottled water doesn’t originate from a pure source high on a quaint and restful mountain top. Hopefully, this move will get people to realize that they can save the environment and some money by simply drinking tap water… from the tap instead of the bottle.



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