Bottled water has become so commonplace in our everyday lives, many of us don’t realize the environmental and health implications associated with it. A new documentary examines the industry more closely and reveals how its impacts are far greater than imagined. The documentary, which is well structured and supported by an overwhelming amount of evidence, will change the way you view bottled and municipal water.
The film shows how plastic bottles are having a devastating impact on our environment, contributing to climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil. As it takes three times the volume of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it — all these resources go into creating a product that’s destined for landfill or incineration.
Given that 1 million plastic bottles are bought every minute across the globe, this is no small issue but one that needs to be addressed urgently. Moreover, this waste often ends up polluting freshwater sources due to poor disposal practices or lack of waste collection infrastructure in some countries.
It’s not just about our environment either; there are serious concerns regarding our own health too. It was revealed during filming that approximately 40% of bottled water contains microplastics, which can cause chronic damage when ingested over time. Additionally, many bottled brands contain carcinogenic chemicals called phthalates that can leach from plastic containers into the liquid inside them — putting those who consume them at risk unnecessarily.
The documentary also looks at an even bigger issue: how we value tap water compared with bottled water and why this creates perverse incentives for governments around the world to privatize public services such as access to clean drinking water. By highlighting these issues we can start asking important questions such as should we pay for something we already own? In addition, we need to consider whether any profits generated by privatization should be put back into improving public services instead of lining pockets?
Watching this documentary will give you a greater understanding of what’s really going on with bottled water both from an environmental perspective and a human rights perspective — enabling you to make more informed decisions about which kind of waters you drink going forward. So if you’re looking for an eye-opening insight into one of today’s most pressing topics, then tune in now!