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April 12, 2010

YouTube presents: Bags & Bottles

Friends have forwarded me a whole slew of fantastic videos recently about plastic bags and plastic bottles.  Here are three that I love.  Please take the time to watch.

Bring Your Canvas Bags

This one is totally addictive.  It starts out slow but builds until you find yourself humming it in your sleep. The video did come out a while ago, but even if you’ve seen it already, why not watch it again?

Life of a Plastic Bag

Taking it down a notch, this 18 minute video narrated by Werner Herzog is weirdly beautiful, if not entirely accurate. A plastic bag suffers an existential crisis after betrayal by the woman who brought him home from the store. If he could find her again, he would tell her one thing. Watch to find out what that one thing is.

The Story of Bottled Water

Annie Leonard has done it again. After explaining the Story of Stuff, she takes us on a journey through the Story of Bottled Water. Check out what Annie learned when she followed the water bottles from a community recycling programs.  It’s not what most people think.

A couple of weeks ago, I overheard a passenger on my BART train telling another rider that he liked bottled water so much he’d bathe in it if he could afford to.  Well, of course, I couldn’t let that go, so I jumped in and explained why bottled water is one of the biggest scams of all time.  He wouldn’t hear it.  I wish I could have shown him this video.

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13 years ago

Update… after looking for best prices, reviews, etc. I ordered an EcoUsable 25 oz bottle.

The one I got was defective; when I wrote them to say I couldn’t get any water out of the darn thing, they immediately said they’d send me a new one free. So, points on customer service.

Unfortunately, the cap and interior filter assembly are made of plastic – they are labeled PP 5 (polypropylene) which I understand from reading the National Geographic Green Guide is one of the plastics that is not known (so far) to leach toxic chemicals. Have you heard anything to the contrary on that?

Meanwhile, though, every effort I made to get water out of my defective bottle *tasted* like plastic. Gross. It’s hard to for me to imagine that something that leaches plastic *taste* doesn’t leach plastic *chemicals*, you know what I mean? I’m hoping the non-defective version will be better.

13 years ago

Ooooo… I did not even know about bottles with built-in filters. I’m so glad I posted my grumpyness :D Thanks!!

13 years ago

P.S. That probably sounded grumpier than I intended. It is an honest & friendly question, though I do fear the answer ;)

13 years ago

I’d rather not buy plastic water bottles. But… but… but… the tap water here in Houston, Texas tastes like chlorine, metal, and chemicals. I literally have difficulty swallowing it. Houston is rated #6 in U.S. cities for the WORST tap water. Do you really think I ought to drink that, if I forgot to pack filtered water?

Emily Grace
13 years ago

Great post. It reminded me there was an in depth article on Fiji water in Mother Jones magazine last year.

tag line: “Obama sips it. Paris Hilton loves it. Mary J. Blige won’t sing without it. How did a plastic water bottle, imported from a military dictatorship thousands of miles away, become the epitome of cool?”

13 years ago

Here’s an interesting tidbit re the price of tap water vs bottled water…

My community, just north of Chicago, sucks in Lake Michigan water, just as Chicago does, for tap water. Inland communities can buy it from those of us lucky enough to sit on the lake.

Chicago is charging $2.01 per 1,000 gallons to those who want to buy. That kinda puts the price of a bottle of water in perspective, doesn’t it? But my community offers a better deal to our neighbor communities of <94 cents per 1,000 gallons.

Sue Lannin
13 years ago

You are such an inspiration! Thank you for posting all three of these. I’m retweeting and Facebooking them! Images are powerful and I believe will help people realize the seriousness of the environmental challenges facing us.
We all must move away from fossil fuels and plastic.
Thanks for all you do!

Taina Uitto
13 years ago

“Bring your canvaaaas baaaags to the suuupermarkeet” is stuck in my head so bad! Aaaah! Very effective jingle, albeit a little unnecessary advice for me ;)

13 years ago

Annie Leonard has the perfect delivery. Her voice is so light, lively and emphatic that you could listen without the animations and not become bored.

As for the bags, the grocery stores are pushing reusable bags now – proof that the plastic bag is on the defensive.