The ethical consumer speaks

March 11 was ‘bottled water free’ day. I was revisiting some of the astonishing bottled water stats– see below for some of my favourite ones.  If bottled water is on the ethical consumer hit list, then so is the thirsty Hummer. GM announced that the China-manufactured Hummer brand will be discontinued. With an average of only 9 miles per gallon (mpg), the Hummer came to represent over-the-top consumerism in its gas guzzling and carbon spewing ways. Sales dropped from 71,000 in 2006 to only 9,000 in 2009.  It’s the age of the ethical consumer. On occasion, we encounter AusPen clients who have chosen the AusPen markers single-mindedly for the cost savings (which are significant for a school or business), but usually they are driven to make changes in their consumer choices so they can tread lighter on the earth. Our thanks to you!  These are some of my favourite water bottle stats, found at the ethical consumer blog:
  • for every bottle you drink, TWO bottles are used to produce it.
  • The energy cost of producing a plastic bottle is equal to filling ¼ of that bottle with crude oil.
  • NOTHING about bottled water is different from tap water – except its cost.
  • It is estimated that Canadian bottling plants receive, on average, one inspection every 3 to 5 years.
  • The City of Toronto checks its tap water for bacteria every 4 to 6 hours.
  • According to the Pacific Institute, 17 million barrels of oil were used to produce the 31.2 billion litres of bottled water consumed in the United States.

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