Not only does bottled water take valuable water resources from locations around the country that need them, but it uses huge amounts of fossil fuel to bottle and deliver it, leaving in its wake a literal ocean of unrecycled plastics.
After cutting open yards of plastic packing tape, I was appalled to find acres of bubble wrap, then those absolutely impossible Styrofoam "peanuts" which will still be in the landfill 200 years from now.
The widespread use of BPA in our food packaging has resulted in the contamination of our food and also our bodies. Today, California took an important step in protecting the public from the toxic chemical.
I attempted to estimate the number of plastic bottles of water sold in Grand Junction in one week. But discount giants and other corporations hold on to sales figures tighter than oil companies hang on to fracking formulas.
Understanding the "life-cycle" of any consumable good offers a fairly accurate sense of how "green" it really is -- basically, where things come from and what happens to them when we are done with them.