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21 August 2009

The top ten reasons (plus three) why bottled water is a blessing - preview

Chuck Fager explains

How does one become a pariah among many North American Friends? That’s easy: just say something nice about bottled water

  • For several years I’ve been giving away bottled water with custom labels featuring my employer, Quaker House of Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • It’s been very effective advertising

  • It’s also regarded by many Quakers as the moral equivalent of recruiting CIA assassins or promoting cannibalism as a local food option
  • A crusade against bottled water has become an integral part of much environmental activism here

  • Chuck Fager

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    Fee Berry, 23 August
    I haven't noticed the same sort of prejudice against bottled water in the UK. I think possibly people here recognise that it is considerably more healthy than the sugary drinks which people normally consume in bottles. I am rather shocked by how expensive small portable bottled of water are, compared with 1.5 itre bottles... in my local supermarket a 1.5 litre bottle costs 35p, compared with 75p for a 500 ml bottle.

    There are regular programmes on television espousing the high quality of tap water in the UK. While I do believe that is true in many areas, in my area of west London the tapwater has an extremely chlorinated smell and taste, fresh from the tap. My son was told to avoid it as he has Crohn's disease, and so we always buy bottled water for him.


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