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Study the following sample plan and essay to gain a better understanding of structure for the argumentative essay.

Australian consumers should not buy bottled water. Do you agree?

Introduction = general statement + thesis statement
General statement: Globally, bottled water sales are soaring; Australian consumers are following this trend even though the quality of tap water in most Australian cities is exceptional. Thesis statement: Australian consumers should not buy bottled water because it is has no benefits compared to tap water, this product is an environmental disaster and its manufacture and distribution wastes natural resources.

Body
Topic sentence 1: Australian consumers do not need to buy bottle water because there are no benefits compared to tap water. - Stricter quality control for tap water than bottled water - tap water contains fluoride – necessary for preventing tooth decay -

Topic sentence 2: Furthermore, this product is an environmental disaster. - Plastic bottles go to landfill

- High carbon dioxide emissions linked to manufacture of this product

Topic sentence 3: In addition, meeting consumer demand for bottled water wastes a huge amount of natural resources. - Oil is used to manufacture the millions of plastic bottles - Fuel is wasted transporting the product to consumers

Counter Argument: However, there are consumers who believe the convenience of buying bottled water is an important enough reason to continue buying it. Rebuttal:
- it is just as convenient to carry a plastic bottle that can be refilled with tap water - Bubblers and taps are easily accessible in public places -
In conclusion, Australian consumers should not buy bottled water because this product is no better than tap water; it is damaging the environment and wasting our natural resources. Hence, Australians who are fortunate enough to have access to clean tap water should drink it rather than buy bottled water.

Australian consumers should not buy bottled water. Do you agree?

Globally, bottled water sales are soaring; Australian consumers are following this trend even though the quality of tap water in most Australian cities is exceptional. Australian consumers should not buy bottled water because it is has no benefits compared to tap water, this product is an environmental disaster and its manufacture and distribution wastes huge amounts of natural resources.

Australian consumers do not need to buy bottle water because there are no benefits compared to tap water. In Australia the guidelines for providing tap water to consumers are more stringent than those for the bottled water industry (Jones 2005). Tap water is tested and treated to ensure high quality drinking water. In fact research has shown that some bottled water contained high levels of bacteria and chemicals contrary to consumer belief that bottled water is cleaner (Smith, 2010). Furthermore, tap water contains fluoride. This is necessary for preventing tooth decay, particularly in young children. According to the Dental Association, children who drink only bottled water are at risk of developing tooth decay as they do not have the benefit of drinking fluoridated tap water (Jones, 2005). Therefore, bottled water has no benefits compared to tap water. -

Furthermore, this product is an environmental disaster. The majority of plastic bottles go to landfill. According to the Earth Institute 65% of bottles become rubbish in the environment (Jones, 2005). Plastic is not biodegradable so the plastic remains in landfill for hundreds of years. In addition to this, high carbon dioxide emissions are linked to the manufacture of this product. In the US alone bottled water production produced 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide in one year (Pacific Institute, n.d). Clearly, this is contributing to the problem of global warming. Hence, bottled water is a serious threat to the environment.

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