Stephanie Soechtig’s feature is a look into the bottled water industry which privatized one of the major sources of the world in expense of damaging the environment drastically. (http://www.tappedthemovie.com/)
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Waste management is still a large problem with considerably low recycling rates. Only 20 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States are recycled and the larger quantity discarded by consumers has exacerbated this problem. To pronounce in numbers, annually around 1.5 million tons of plastic are expended in the bottling… not to forget the energy consumed in manufacture and transportation.
“People need to think about all the unnecessary energy costs that go into making a bottle of water,” said Peter Gleick, an expert on water policy and director of the Pacific Institute in Oakland. “It would be like filling up a quarter of every bottle with oil,” he added.
In Turkey, I believe the rates are even worse, since we can’t drink from tap and bottled water is way cheaper than many other places. Yet, it would only take 5 minutes to wash a bottle and refill each day or use a flask, instead of spilling a quarter bottle of oil on the ground.