Monday, April 30, 2012
The bottled water boycott is a battle cry for consumers to form a collective conscious in a process to rescue the planet, influence big business, save money, improve health, and quench the globe’s thirst with cleaner, healthier, cheaper water for all.
Many water industry experts, including Carlton Krumpfes, have exposed misconceptions held by consumers regarding bottled water. Many customers are misinformed by perceiving bottled water to be safer or healthier for people than ordinary tap water. Fact, bottled water batches have been recalled numerous times. The truth is neither tap-water nor bottled water is favorable for human consumption. At the Food and Drug Administration, only one person oversees the entire department responsible for bottled water. The FDA classifies water as a food and uses the same nutritional metrics which tell the consumer no relevant information regarding the water as the label consists of all zeroes. Pertinent information regarding the water we drink does exist such as: Total Dissolved Solids, PH Level, Minerals Present, Source and Date of Production.
Multi-national corporations like Nestle (the world’s largest owning ice mountain and perrier) have become known as “water hunters” as they dig holes all over the Earth like oil companies to exploit the Earth in the name of profit. Like oil the good is an inferior option, an unwise choice for consumers, and detrimental to the planet. Water bottles are made from (you guessed it) oil! If you really want to go green, give up bottled water today and do not buy a bottle again until our voices are heard.
The plastic water bottles are made from PETE also known as polyethylene terephthalate a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family. Acetylhyde is a colorless volatile substance that can diffuse from the plastic water bottle at high temperatures and absorbed into the water. When bottled water leaves the factory acetylhyde is usually not present which the bottled water industry loves to tout. However, by the time consumers receive the bottled water, acetylhyde can be present due to high temperatures as semi-trucks travel through the desert to destinations.
In addition to the scary compound acetylhyde, antimony is also a catalyst in the production of plastic water bottles. The FDA recognizes antimony trioxide (Sb2O3) to be hazardous in levels exceeding six parts per billion. Trace amounts of the antimony toxic substance are present on all water bottles prior to being filled. Commentary published in Environmental Health Perspectives in April 2010 suggested that PETE might yield endocrine disruptors under conditions of common use. Mechanisms include leaching of phthalates as well as leaching of antimony.
Bottled water does not disclose the total dissolved solids or the PH level regarding the product we consume. Water with a PH level below seven is classified as acidic and above seven is alkaline. A number of water experts, including Carlton Krumpfes, recommend drinking water that is alkaline and has a PH level higher than seven. Alkaline water also known as kangen water will boost the immune system, benefit the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis, and can even help with weight loss.
Some water enthusiasts even claim that alkaline water slows the aging process. Almost all bottled water from Crystal Geyser to Ice Mountain and even Evian is acidic and potentially may be adversely impacting the health of their customers. Purchasing an alkalinizing reverse osmosis water purifier is a means of empowering one’s self to save money, help the environment, and drink the best water in the world.