The Story of Bottled Water

I came across The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard in March 2009, loved it, and immediately had to write about it. In the 20 minute cartoon video Annie describes in clear, simple terms how demand for stuff is created, the life cycle of stuff — all kinds of stuff — and what stuff is doing to our world.

Once again, with her characteristic clarity and simplicity, Annie has a tale to tell and this time it’s the Story of Bottled Water. This 8 minute video gives you the basic run-down of how we came to believe that bottled was better than tap, and in what ways this is not true.

The issue of bottled water is an important one. If you want to know more, select the “Water” category on where you’ll find articles, movies, and links to related organizations and resources.

2 thoughts on “The Story of Bottled Water

  1. Peter Cech

    The good news is most Metro Vancouver residents pick tap water over water in single-use bottles.

    The bad news is that a lot of people still buy bottled water when they can’t find a fountain or a tap.

    To make it easier to find our local tap water, Metro Vancouver created a free iPhone app, Tap Map ( Apps for Androids and Blackberries are in the works.

    If you like it, tell your friends about it so that we can turn more people back to the tap.

    Metro Vancouver is hoping that local restaurants will also opt in as locations where you can get your water bottle refilled upon request. Anything you can do to get your favourite restaurants to opt in ( would be appreciated!

    For information on who treats your water and how, go to

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