It’s not only that it is ridiculously overpriced and often bought by people who just as well may drink their tap water or get a water filter and a soda maker, what really pisses me off is that it takes four liter of water to fill one liter bottle. Some say three, numbers vary depending on who you ask.
But hey, it’s not as if we had water issues, right?
And after you drank your water, your bottle wanders to the landfill. Or ocean. Or river. Or it gets burned and costs more water, energy and causes more pollution.
The first documented case of bottled water being sold was in Boston in the 1760s, when a company called Jackson's Spa bottled and sold mineral water for "therapeutic" uses. Companies in Saratoga Springs and Albany also appear to have packaged and sold water.
Across the globe, people drink roughly 10% more bottled water every year, but Americans consume more packaged H2O overall than people in every other country in the world besides China. On a per capita basis, the US ranks #6.
At 12.8 billion gallons, or 39 gallons per person, Americans today drink more bottled water than milk or beer. Last year was the first time Americans drank more bottled water than soda. "Bottled water effectively reshaped the beverage marketplace," Michael C. Bellas, Beverage Marketing's chairman and CEO, said in a recent statement.
It's not cheap. At an average cost of $1.22 per gallon, we're spending 300 times more on bottled water than we'd spend to drink from the tap. But that number could be even higher, some analysts have pointed out, since most sales are for single bottles.
Soda companies are aware of how lucrative bottled water can be — corporations from Coca-Cola to PepsiCo have been investing in bottled water. Pepsi recently bought a 30-second Super Bowl ad to debut its new premium bottled water brand "LIFEWTR."
Bottled water is one of the indicators on how intelligent we, as a species, really are.
A college degree from the US
below are some of the products that is ridiculously overpriced but that everyone still buys:
- Alchohal in india.
- Apple products.
- things used in funerals
Cars. ANY and EVERY car.
Expensive cars like Mercedes or Ferrari
PS4 Games, smart phoes, jewellery
Insurance, in particular health insurance. If only those companies would pay for preventative wellness care/products. Maybe the premiums would not need to be so high.