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When You Buy Bottled Water, You Pay for the Bottle, Not the Water 
14th-Dec-2009 11:00 pm
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This infographic outlines some of the bad ideas about buying bottled water. You use more water making the bottle than you consume drinking it. It costs a few orders of magnitude more. You often get lower-quality water than comes out of the tap (I've heard that places as pristine as Cleveland provide water for bottling). They don't mention the mess of plastic bottles that litter the shores of otherwise beautiful beaches all over the world. In sum, you're much better off, economically and environmentally, if you buy a reusable container and regularly fill it from the tap. If you object to your local tap water (which tastes nasty in some areas of the U.S. and is not safe to drink in many countries), buy good water in as large a container as you can manage and use it to fill smaller ones. My family, for instance, gets reusable 5-gallon jugs of spring water at our local grocery store.

That's all good information, but I really wanted to share this link because the enlarged image has such an absurd URL:
Will they sue for anti-circumvention if I, say, download it?
15th-Dec-2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
One of the first things I learned in China:
tapwater + electric kettle= safe to drink if unpleasant tasting water.
Add a few tea leaves, enjoy.

I started refilling my collection of bottles every night at the hotel, and finally got a couple of other students to do it too when I pointed out they were wasting money buying water that they could be wasting on souvenirs instead.
16th-Dec-2009 06:47 am (UTC)
I find it amusing that to make ice in China, you boil the water first. One step back, two steps forward...

On the plus side, every restaurant provides free tea, though usually of mediocre quality.
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