The Story About Stuff Project Reaction Paper

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The video entitled “The Story About Stuff Project, and Free Range Studies – The Story of Bottled Water”, was very informative and interesting. It begins by telling us that our world is a “system in crisis” and that we are “trashing the planet”. Annie Leonard begins to explain the dilemma or controversy between which is better, tap water or bottled water. Her example of Cleveland tap water versus Fiji bottled water showed that there has truly been a misconception with bottled water everywhere. It was mentioned in the video that, “In many ways, bottled water is less regulated than tap.” Although some people may think that bottled water is cleaner and tastier, the truth is that since it is less regulated, it has a higher chance of holding unwanted chemicals and bacteria. Bottled water is also 2,000 times more expensive than tape water, which is given to us free at our homes. With Americans across the country buying and consuming “more than half a billion bottles of water a week”, the U.S. is creating enough recycle waste to “circle the globe more than 5 times.” This overbuying of bottled water goes back to the concept of “manufacture demand” where companies us tactics of scaring us, seducing us, and misleading us. Going back to my point of the misconception of bottled water, companies create these images and beliefs that their water comes from natural, pure springs, but about “1/3 of bottled water comes from the tap”. Two known companies of this are Aquafina, and Dasani. The process of making bottled water is a rather dangerous process to our environment. IN a single year, bottled water companies use “enough oil and energy to fuel over a million cars”. That is outrageous. When people are done with their bottles, they think they are recycling them, but in reality, “80% of bottles end up in landfills”. This conception of recycling actually turns to “downcycled”, which…...

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