As Giles Coren of the London Times so eloquently stated “Drinkers of bottled water are the new smokers.”
Coren was a food critic in London and has been a strong supporter for tap water by reducing his restaurant ratings if he didn’t get offered tap water before bottled water.
“Mineral water is a preposterous vanity. It is flown and shipped around the world… it is bottled in glass that is mostly thrown away and is stupidly heavy to freight, or in plastic which never, ever, decomposes and just goes to landfills….”
“From the restaurants’ point of view it is just a clipping system. It’s more free money. The mark-ups are bigger even than they are on wine. You’ll pay £4 to £5 in most posh London restaurants for stuff no different, no different at all, from what you brushed your teeth in that morning (not leaving the tap on while doing so, I hope). The result is billions of unnecessary food miles, nonbiodegradable waste, millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases, more urban pollution, hell in a handcart.”
We really couldn’t say it better ourselves.
Times UK original article
If you’ve watched us put Vancouver’s tap water on a pedestal in this week’s Green Globe Tips video, and you’re a little skeptical, here is our source
And for the informative video that inspired us to blog about the evils of bottled water, click here
We won’t be intimidated to request tap water at any restaurant, and we hope you’ll make the effort to enjoy what we are so incredibly lucky to have.