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“green planet” water – in a petroleum-free bottle!

June 9, 2012

There’s science-based environmentalism, and then there’s corporate greenwashing. This is an example of the latter:

Plant-based plastic bottle

green planet, Vapor Distilled water, minerals added for taste, Petroleum FREE bottle Made 100% from plants

Plant-based plastics are nothing new; in 1941 Henry Ford made a whole car out of soybean resins. But where to even start, when the marketing implication is that this is somehow an environmentally-sustainable product because it’s got a plant-based plastic bottle?  The whole idea of water in disposable bottles is horrible. Get a re-usable bottle and fill it from the drinking fountain, already. Especially if you live in Normal, Illinois; our water is excellent.


  • The bottle is probably corn-based, grown with high-energy fertilizers in an industrial farm, trucked to a processing plant to be made into plastic (perhaps as part of a by-product step) and then trucked to a manufacturing plant where the bottles are made, with paper labels affixed that are printed somewhere and trucked to the plant. Then the empty bottles and lids are trucked to the water processing plant, where the  water is “vapor distilled” (lots of energy use) with minerals added, then transported to the restaurant in trucks and kept refrigerated. Is there anything they are not doing wrong?
  • If you live or work in a building with old plumbing, you’re still ahead environmentally and economically to get a water filter and use it to refill reusable bottles
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  1. WeeDram
    June 9, 2012 at 21:27 | #1

    Agreed, but to be fair just about EVERYTHING we buy is “trucked in, trucked here, trucked there” … but that’s a different blog entry, I suppose.

    BTW, today I processed film (not successfully, but that’s a different story again,) using water I picked out of the air. I.e., it was the output of a dehumidifier, then passively filtered twice and stored. I suppose the use of the dehumidifier, and its energy footprint, downgrades my efforts, but I didn’t go to the drug store and buy distilled water that had sucked up way more energy. I try.

  2. decrepadmin
    June 9, 2012 at 21:54 | #2

    Bottled water is a special case, because it is a utility for which there is a permanent delivery mechanism right to the inside of our house. Buying bottled water is logically congruent with running your toaster on batteries even though your house is hooked up to the mains.

    “I try.”

    That’s all we can do. It isn’t a religion with a vengeful god; it’s a physical reality in which we try to improve our averages.

  3. Chas, PE SE
    June 9, 2012 at 22:31 | #3

    I agree with you that bottled water used when tap water isavailable utilized resources better used for other things. But last week we were out on a survgey job in 90 degree warmth and I bought two liters of water–to avoid dehydration, headache, mental confusion and kidney failure.
    I have since re-filled the bottle several times, and will continue till it goes unusable.

    But sometimes bottled water is a useful thing to have, dang it!

  4. decrepadmin
    June 10, 2012 at 07:21 | #4

    Re-using the bottle cuts its environmental impact dramatically. Our college is installing bottle-refilling stations on the drinking fountains this summer. I will definitely blog them when they are installed.

    I have seen classroom trash cans buried in piles of water bottles, and our trash cans and recycle bins are frequently overwhelmed by them. All our conference rooms have mini-fridges stuffed with bottled water. It’s a popular item in our vending machines… ten feet away from a drinking fountain..

  5. Ray M
    June 12, 2012 at 10:52 | #5

    I’ve recently seen bottled water with smaller screw caps (maybe 3/4 the size of a regular cap), proudly proclaiming how much plastic they’re saving! Sigh…

    Some years ago, Penn & Teller did an exposé of bottled water on one of their Bullshit shows. The last part was classic, with a waiter offering and serving all manner of (supposedly) different bottled waters, all of which had been filled from the same garden hose.


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