Sunday, 23 May 2010

Books on bottles

Having discovered some amazing literature on the issue of bottled water I asked the library to order " Bottled and Sold- The story behind our obsession with bottles water" by Peter Gleick.
It is an extremely interesting read that explores every aspect of bottled water, concisely and democratically comparing it to alternatives. The only shame is that all these books are always based in the states- why does no body care about this in England?- is that another gap in the market?

Described as....

Peter Gleick knows water. A world-renowned scientist and freshwater expert, Gleick is a MacArthur Foundation "genius," and according to the BBC, an environmental visionary. And he drinks from the tap. Why don’t the rest of us?

Bottled and Sold shows how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last one hundred years—and why we are poorer for it. It’s a big story and water is big business. Every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy a plastic bottle of water, and every second of every day a thousand more throw one of those bottles away. That adds up to more than thirty billion bottles a year and tens of billions of dollars of sales.

Are there legitimate reasons to buy all those bottles? With a scientist’s eye and a natural storyteller’s wit, Gleick investigates whether industry claims about the relative safety, convenience, and taste of bottled versus tap hold water. And he exposes the true reasons we’ve turned to the bottle, from fearmongering by business interests and our own vanity to the breakdown of public systems and global inequities.

"Designer" H2O may be laughable, but the debate over commodifying water is deadly serious. It comes down to society’s choices about human rights, the role of government and free markets, the importance of being "green," and fundamental values. Gleick gets to the heart of the bottled water craze, exploring what it means for us to bottle and sell our most basic necessity.

1 comment:

  1. Stephanie, thank you. While much of the book does address issues in the US, I also tackle some of the bottled water issues in the UK and elsewhere, including some of the efforts to sell "ethical" bottled water, some of the recent problems with bottled water quality found in Ireland, and more. So, I hope you enjoy the book overall! Peter