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Tapped – A Look At Bottled Water

Tapped - A Look At Bottled Water

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Tapped is an award winning documentary film by Stephanie Soechtig that explores the effects of bottled water on society.

Most no longer believe marketing tactics that try to make us think bottled water comes from a bubbling natural, abundant spring. According to the documentary, almost 40% of bottled water is really just filtered tap water that is packaged and resold at premium prices.

The majority of those in the U.S. are fortunate enough to have reliable access to safe drinking water simply by turning on a faucet or pushing a button to release a cold, filtered glass. Many are also far removed from the haunting fact that others are not so lucky. The world water crisis was a driving force behind the making of the thought provoking film.

Another culprit wading in the water industry is the fact that flowing freely from the tap, which in the U.S. is some of the safest in the world, water is known to contain varying degrees of pharmaceuticals. So the potential 40% of bottled water that is nothing but filtered tap water could also be polluted with these contaminants, as well as agricultural runoff and household chemicals.

Factor in the dangers of plastics that are made with Bisphenol-A (BPA), which can get into the system by leaching into the foods or liquids held in plastic containers. Even incremental exposure can upset estrogen levels, pose reproductive system harm, and at higher does can even alter the thyroid. Research has also found it to be correlative to some cancers, obesity, diabetes, behavioral disorders and several other diseases.

Since water can be stored long-term in BPA containing plastics, this raises concerns. Some companies no longer use the compound in their products, however they can still be found in some plastic water bottles as well as many 5 gallon water jugs.

And then there is the issue of waste from plastic pollution that swarms around the oceans and becomes littered about the streets.

The film also points out the huge amounts of fuel that are needed to move around large, weighty freight loads of fancy bottled tap water. Not to mention the energy and resources expended on the making of plastics that are needed to contain it.

The documentary is not meant to scare bottled water consumers, but to bring awareness to this issue. Additionally, to bring attention to the realization that resources need to be conserved.

The makers of Tapped stated that it is not their proposition, for instance, in areas where the water is unsafe to be denied bottled water, but that we as a society need to demand a safer alternative that does not deplete resources or add to waste, and does not pose risks to the health and welfare of consumers.

Limiting plastic use and not purchasing plastics that contain BPA, especially for food storage, can help make a difference. Small steps from each shopper add up.

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