Just too much plastic for us to handle

Toronto’s tap water is some of the cleanest in the world and subjected to more filtration and safety regulations than bottled water.

But, for Torontonian consumers that’s not enough. Before tap water would be accepted as the absolute cleanest choice, the perception that bottled water is cleaner and healthier had to be quashed and the environmental drawbacks presented.

Toronto’s Agency59 filled city bus shelters with plastic bottles to illustrate the environmental impact of plastic.

With so many bottles in such a small space, Torontonians literally felt as if they were “drowning in plastic.”

Plastic bottles are nowhere near as bad as plastic bags because they can be and actually are recycled, but the sheer numbers and the effort is a nuisance and costs city administrations plenty.

The problem is one of numbers. Plastic bottles like plastic bags may seem inncous but the numbers used are staggering.

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Comment from Dave
Time: April 8, 2009, 12:32 am

nice pics

Comment from Savina
Time: April 25, 2009, 3:28 am

If the water’s safe, we should drink. There are so many reusable water bottle containers, that we shouldn’t continue creating massive amounts of waste. Bottled caps aren’t even recycled the same way as the bottles and just makes more work for all us and destroys the environment at a much faster rate.

Comment from Jeremy
Time: June 17, 2009, 12:51 am

I agree, Savina. With all the water bottles floating around and great tap water out there, I’m puzzled as to why people spend so much money to create so much waste.

On a related note, Corporate Accountability Int’l has a cool campaign called Think Outside the Bottle. They do tap water challenges and hold events to show how awful the privatization of water is. Check it out http://www.thinkoutsidethebottle.org

Comment from Philip Gordon
Time: August 19, 2009, 8:38 pm

I’m lucky to not have this problem here in the UK. Although water tastes different depending on where you are in the country, it is perfectly clean. I drink tap water all the time at home and recycle old bottles. It sounds like there is a real problem with this issue in Toronto.

Comment from CanvasPrints
Time: August 20, 2010, 7:41 am

There are so many reusable water bottle containers, that we shouldn’t continue creating massive amounts of waste.

Comment from Anil
Time: April 2, 2011, 7:06 am

Nice Article and images.

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