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Making MOGO (most good) Choices: The True Price of Bottled Water

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on November 17, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/2011/11/17/making-mogo-most-good-choices-the-true-price-of-bottled-water/
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For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent post I wrote for One Green Planet, a blog dedicated to ethical choices. Here’s an excerpt from Making MOGO (most good) Choices: The True Price of Bottled Water:

“When I was growing up, there was one kind of bottled water – Perrier – reserved for very special occasions. Today, bottled water is ubiquitous. You can find shelves of it in convenience stores and supermarkets, filling up vending machines, and sitting in cupboards and pantries in homes across the U.S. There are numerous brands, some of which appear to be spring water even when they’re not (e.g., Poland Springs), some “artesian,” – whatever that means (e.g., Fiji), some making no special claims beyond the seductive ads that urge us to buy them, which is good because they are just purified tap water (e.g., Dasani and Aquafina).

There is a cost to bottled water beyond the dollar price, and in this series on the True Price of everyday products (such as a cheeseburger and a T-shirt), that examines the effects (both positive and negative) of our choices on ourselves, other people, animals, and the environment and considers alternatives that do more good and less harm, it’s worth taking a closer look at bottled water.”

Read the complete post.

For a humane world,

Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDx talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach

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About Zoe Weil

Zoe is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education She's the author of several books, including Most Good, Least Harm; Above All, Be Kind; and The Power and Promise of Humane Education. See her TEDx talk, "The World Becomes What You Teach": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5HEV96dIuY

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2 Comments

Anonymous says:

But what do you do living outside of the U.S. or Europe and don’t have good public infrastructure? I currently live in Mexico, and yes we have a filter, and yes I boil the filtered water for hot drinks. But if I don’t want chronic stomach problems, I either have to boil everything, somehow get a better filter, or buy the corporate bottled water that is much healthier than the tap.

Zoe Weil says:

This is a great point, and it’s why this issue is not black and white. There are times when bottled water is a “need” not a “want” and I drink bottled water when I am in areas of the world where the tap is not a healthy option. Glad you brought this up.