“green planet” water – in a petroleum-free bottle!
There’s science-based environmentalism, and then there’s corporate greenwashing. This is an example of the latter:
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