In the last few months, bottled water — generally considered a benign, even beneficial, product — has been increasingly portrayed as an environmental villain by city leaders, activist groups and the media. The argument centers not on water, but oil. It takes 1.5 million barrels a year just to make the plastic water bottles Americans use, according to the Earth Policy Institute in Washington, plus countless barrels to transport it from as far as Fiji and refrigerate it.
This is very true. And although when asked this morning if there was anything I wanted from the deli next door, I responded with, “Yeah, could you get me a bottle of water? Like, the biggest one you can find?” (Literally.) That doesn’t mean I don’t agree with this article— it means my work water cooler is broken. But that’s no excuse. No one needs a 1.5L bottle of water at their desk. It’s unnecessary. And sort of embarrassing.
So learn from my mistake and carry around your own water, peeps. Or drink from the nearest water fountain.