Going to environmental hell in a handcart, or should that be a bottle of water?

"Every bottle of Fiji Water goes on its own version of this trip, in reverse, although by truck and ship. In fact, since the plastic for the bottles is shipped to Fiji first, the bottles' journey is even longer. Half the wholesale cost of Fiji Water is transportation--which is to say, it costs as much to ship Fiji Water across the oceans and truck it to warehouses in the United States than it does to extract the water and bottle it."

This is a great article, but makes sober reading. "Americans went through about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year, 167 for each person." - maybe we should start lobbying triathlon organisers not to accept sponsorship or buy water from companies... "we pitch into landfills 38 billion water bottles a year--more than $1 billion worth of plastic."
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wow.. just wow!

Of course, I love the way Coca Cola repackages water with reverse osmosis processing for Dasani. But with some of the cleanest water in the world.. maybe it should be mandatory for Americans to BYOwB. Bring Your Own water Bottle.
i agree this is a terrible problem. i didn't know that about fiji water, which i never buy anyway.

i use a stainless steel water bottle at home - i think your post will finally inspire me to buy a second one to carry around and refill.
I must admit I'm not going to buy any more bottled water unless its totally unavoidable. I'll need to think about long distance races though.

I have one of those refrigerators that has a built-in water and ice dispenser so I really have no excuse.

Whats you race season look like? I'm trying to work out what to do with mine now the bike tour is over. I have a sprint triathlon for couples I'm doing next w/e with an LJ Friend, but thats it until November and the Triathlon one-o-one finale...
i'm doing a sprint on 7/29 and an oly on 8/26, if i ever sign up for it. other than that, just planning for the big birthday bash! any chance you'll be out this way at all?
>>any chance you'll be out this way at all?

Quite possibly, I've just transferred to a new VP who sits 2-doors down from the office I had when I was working out of NY... I'll let you know if I'm going to be around with any free time! Good luck on 7/29, I like sprint races, much undervalued. Go hard for an hour and some, stop, feel sick, recover, go home enjoy the rest of the day!