Tapped, the Movie

“With style, verve and righteous anger, the film exposes the bottled water industry’s role in suckering the public, harming our health, accelerating climate change, contributing to overall pollution, and increasing America’s dependence on fossil fuels. All while gouging consumers with exorbitant and indefensible prices.”  –Organic Consumers Association

By 2030 the United Nations estimates two-thirds of the world will lack access to clean drinking water.  Tapped will illustrate the impact of the global water crisis on America and what we can do as individuals to enact change sooner rather than later.

Tapped examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil..

The documentary also includes scenes shot in Corpus Christi, Texas, where filmmakers speak with people who live near an oil  refinery that makes paraxylene, the primary ingredient in the PET plastic used to make bottles.

“It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic bottles used annually in the United States,” Soechtig (the films’ director)  said. “That’s not including refrigeration, or transport.”

Two million plastic beverage bottles are used in the US every five minutes (photo Chris Jordan)

Please visit the movie’s site to learn more about the issues and find out what you can do about them


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16 thoughts on “Tapped, the Movie

  1. The greed of the corporations never cease to amaze me. What is even more disturbing is the lazy thoughtlessness of people in general. If it’s easy and convenient, it’s good. The plastic trash along every road is testament to the selfish attitude rampant in our society. Plastic grocery bags along with water bottles contribute to the destruction of our environment.

    • Yes, indeed!

      There are things we can do, though. It all starts at home..

      Bring your own cloth bags to the grocery store (paper or plastic? neither!)
      Bring your own containers and buy things like flour and beans in bulk
      Encourage your local stores to stop using plastic shopping bags
      Gather a group of volunteers to green up the town. Takes pictures
      Educate others
      Recycle

  2. I’ve been taking the 3-liter plastic bottles of water to work. I’ve thought about toting it in glass, but it’s just too damed heavy (I’m also carrying lunch, some of it in glass, and a laptop, and maybe a book). I’m not going to drink San Antonio city water. Health issues aside, it just tastes nasty.

    So what’s the alternative? Is there a good, small filter? Or maybe a less-toxic, refillable, lightweight bottle for transportation from home to office? Whatever I have has to be tucked away in a cabinet.

    When I started with the company nine years ago they had bottled water available, the big 5 gallon bottles on the cooler. That was cut years ago due to budget issues. 🙁

    • Great questions, Betsy!

      Does your water taste any worse than your neighbors’ water? If yes, then you may have a plumbing problem.

      If your tap water tastes better in the winter than in the summer, then the bad taste is most likely from algae. A simple charcoal filter (any brand) will take care of that. If algae isn’t the problem, then you want to read your city’s annual water report to see which contaminant is spoiling the taste. Next, lookup which filters remove the offending substance. I installed a filter & quit buying water about a year ago.

      Safe, lightweight water bottles are available at most large sporting goods stores. You can get BPA-free plastic or stainless steel in a range of sizes and prices.

      Hope that helps!

    • Hi Betsy,
      I use light weight Klean Kanteen containers and fill them at home. Iuse water from home that has went through a water purification system that I installed. When I took into consideration the cost of the unit my water was costing me 45 cents per Galon, not bad. Now that I own it I only replace the filter once per year or 1320 gallons of water my water cost’s me 13 cents per gallon! What I have discovered is there is a way to purify your own water affordably ($599) with a system that has ultra violet light to kill 99.99 percent of all bacteria, and a activated carbon block filter that traps particles and contaminates up to 10 times smaller in diameter than the human hair. While doing this it leaves the good minerals for true purified water from home. The site to find it is kgriner.qhealthzone.com . I hope this helps.
      Keith

  3. I have a Berkey at home. Any water I drink at home comes from that. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with our water; it’s just that the city water doesn’t taste good to me. I drink it occasionally in restaurants and don’t like it there, either. Plus it’s fluoridated.

    I have two 27 oz. Klean Kanteens for tooling around town. That’s not enough water for the entire day at work plus the ride home, though – and in this weather one needs water for the ride home, even in an air-conditioned car. 🙂 Maybe what I need is one of their new-fangled wide mouthed bottles in a bigger size!

  4. I always carry cloth or reusable bags to the store and I’ve made produce bags out of old sheer curtains. (which you’re all getting for Christmas, by the way) and begged Food Lion to put their cloth bags in a position where customers are more apt to notice them and buy them. They have not done it . We have wonderful well water so I have never bought it. If I need to carry water, I have a couple of glass bottles to use. Even those are recycled as they were given to me by another one of your readers. You’re right, there is much we can do..the hard part is to get others to do their share.

  5. Betsy, what about getting a Brita pitcher for your desk?

    Ren, thanks for the post. Those pictures say it all. Since we’ve been buying all our food from the farmer I’ve cut our garbage can down to a small 12 gallon one once a week for a family of 4 and two home based businesses. I’m actually considering cutting it down to a 6 gallon can from that. We still have recycling but it’s mostly the toy boxes that grandma keeps buying the kids. Every month we try to find new ways to reduce our footprint. We aren’t to the point of saving the corn husks yet but I’m thinking about it!

    • Well, duh. Don’t know why I didn’t think of a Brita pitcher. And coincidently, I went off to HEB (local grocery chain) this morning for a few things and they were giving away pitchers with the purchase of a 3-pack of replacement filters. So I picked one up.

      However, I’m debating with myself whether I should keep it. They proudly state on the back of the box that their filter leaves in the fluoride. I didn’t really expect it to remove everything nasty, but I’m not crazy about having fluoride on purpose.

  6. Betsy – I researched water a few years ago since our water is fluoridated in Seattle too. The only way I know of to remove fluoride is to distill or use reverse osmosis to filter your water and that also filters out all the minerals in it that you need. I bought a distiller and the water is so void of everything that we stopped using it. I’m just hoping that by drinking raw milk and consuming as many cultured & lacto-fermented foods as possible, and eating as few processed ingredients as possible that we are coming out ahead in the long run. I don’t see an end to fluoride in the water anytime soon, although there is a lot of public outcry against it here in Seattle.

    We just managed to ban styrofoam takeout containers, soon to ban styrofoam meat packages at grocers and have passed a fee for any plastic bags at the grocers. Living la vida liberal here in Seattle and proud to be a part of it.

    • Sustainableeats, you’re probably right. The Berkey system is supposed to remove fluoride with the extra gizmos, which I have, but who knows how well it’s doing. I’ve never had the water tested. I also drink raw milk, and I drink less water since starting to make kombucha and water kefir. (I bring the kombucha to work in its brown EZ-Cap bottle and drink it out of Grandma’s wine glass and I’m sure my co-workers think I’m nuts).

      No styrofoam! My goodness, you must live in paradise! I was trying to decide if I should join a coffee club at work or just buy by the cup in the cafeteria – then I realized that everything in the cafe is sold in styrofoam. No thanks! Keep up the good work up there!

  7. onegreenbottle.com (BPA free stainless steel bottles)

    ecoloblue.com (atmospheric water machine)

    i have both these products and have been drinking fresh water straight from the air
    for 2 years now.. as does my family.. the filtration system is excellent . machine is about £1200. but worth every penny ! the bottles are 9.99 each.

    best investment you can ever make !! the ecolo machine works out pennies per litre produced.

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