Bottled water companies are industries that cause detremental damage to the environment and its customers. But according to law and American economics, they are doing nothing wrong. They are an ever-expanding industry generating record profits. In America and the rest of the world, economic growth is the epitome of great modernized success. Yes, the companies are over using a lot of fossil fuels such as crude oil and natural gas. Yes, they are ruining ecosystems by draining water tables until they are arid, dry and unable to support growth. Yes, the bottled water is full of chemicals such as arsenic and bisphenol a. But, after all this, the companies are merely meeting the demands of the customers. The bottle industries have every constitutional right to do what they do. Its not just bottled water companies that pollute and waste, all industries do it. So, economically, it would be unfair to prohibit the bottle companies from doing business. The bottled water companies aren’t the criminals; the criminals are the ignorant consumers of America, who with each bottle purchased are supporting the destruction and forcing companies to do the harm that they do. Bottling water requires an immeasurable amount of fossil fuels. Not only the bottles themselves, but the entire manufacturing process from mountain spring to 7-Eleven shelf. First the bottles must be made. The bottles themselves are made of plastic. They are also “disposable” meaning the bottles are designed to be used once. Unfortunately the bottles designed to be used once are made out of PET plastic which lasts for 100s of years after those ten minutes of use. According to Meghan O'Rourke, author of Water Water Everywhere, “PET is a flexible, durable, light plastic that “revolutionized” the industry... It turned water into an anywhere, anytime beverage.” At least PET is recyclable, so the bottles can be reused again. But the little hard plastic caps are not. The new plastic bottles then must be...
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