The Story of Bottled Water

Synopsis: How 'Manufactured Demand' pushes what we don't need and destroys what we need most.
Director(s): Louis Fox
 
IMDB:
8.0
Year:
2010
9 min
21 Views

In a recent full page ad, Nestl said:

Bottled water is the most environmentally

responsible consumer product in the world.

What?!

They are trashing the environment all along the products life cycle.

Exactly how is that environmentally responsible?

The problems start here with extraction and production

where oil is used to make water bottles

Each year, making the plastic water bottles

used in the U.S. takes enough oil and energy

to fuel a million cars.

All that energy spent to make the bottle

even more to ship it around the planet

and then we drink it in about 2 minutes?

That brings us to the big problem at the other end of the life cycle

Disposal. What happens to all these bottles when were done?

Eighty percent end up in landfills,

where they will sit for thousands of years,

or in incinerators, where they are burned, releasing

toxic pollution.

The rest gets collected for recycling.

I was curious about where the plastic bottles

that I put in recycling bins go.

I found out that shiploads were being sent

to India.

So, I went there.

Ill never forget riding over a hill outside Madras

where I came face to face with a mountain

of plastic bottles from California.

Real recycling would turn these bottles

back into bottles.

But that wasnt what was happening here.

Instead these bottles were slated to be downcycled,

which means turning them into lower quality

products that would just be chucked later.

The parts that couldnt be downcycled were thrown away there

shipped all the way to India just to be dumped in

someone elses backyard.

If bottled water companies want to use mountains

on their labels,

itd be more accurate to show one of these

mountains of plastic waste.

Scaring us, seducing us, and misleading us

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Louis Fox

Louis Fox (? - c. December 4, 1866) was an American professional billiards player in the mid-19th century who was briefly the U.S. champion. He is well known for an incident which may or may not have actually happened: He is alleged to have committed suicide as the result of losing a match after a fly interfered with play. The story has become a legend that is often reported as fact. The confirmed facts are that Fox, who was defending his title as American champion, was defeated in a match by John Deery on September 7, 1865, at Washington Hall in Fox's home town, Rochester, New York; Fox went missing in Rochester on or about December 4, 1866; and his body was found in the Genesee River near the Rochester neighborhood of Charlotte on May 10, 1867. Washington Hall, since demolished, stood at the northeast corner of Main and Clinton, about three blocks east of the Genesee. The classic version of the story is that Fox was on his way to victory when a fly settled on the cue ball. Fox repeatedly waved his cue stick over the ball to try to brush the fly away. On the third attempt, Fox touched the ball, technically a miscue, forfeiting his shot. His opponent Deery rallied to win the match. The stunned Fox left the billiard hall and committed suicide by diving into the Genesee River. Variations of the story's ending have him drowning himself immediately after the match; the next day; or some time later. Contemporary sources reported Deery's victory, but apparently nothing about the fly. Reports of Fox's death disagreed on whether his death was thought to be by accident or suicide. Another element appearing in later versions of the story is an alleged $40,000 prize. The prize was actually $1,000. more…

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