Imagine there was a time when bottled water didn't exist in our catalog of popular commodities. Perhaps the trend started in 1976 when the chic French sparkling water, Perrier made its introduction. There it was seductively bottled in its emerald green glass amongst the era of disco and the spectacle of excesses... who could resist right?! What could be more decadent than to package, sell and consume what most consider (in the western world) a common human right easily supplied through a home faucet! It’s absurd that the cost of designer water is at a "280,000% markup" to your tap water and it's reaching record heights in consumption.
It wasn't until the 1990s when bottled H2O became an everyday common
sight and a symbol of our cultural desire towards fitness and
"health-consciousness". Even today health enthusiasts claim drinking
water often helps to "detox and boost the metabolism!"
There have been controversies about chemicals leeching into the water
from the soft plastic material of bottles, but the FDA determined the
containers "do not pose a health risk to consumers." IBISWorld reports
that the "U.S. is the largest consumer for bottled water in the world,
followed by Mexico, China, and Brazil".
In the mid-1990s, soda companies found that the niche market for bottled
water could be huge, why not? The profits were obvious! Pepsi and
Coca-Cola jumped into a race with their brands Aquafina and Dasani; they
led the way to making bottled water what it is today.
More on this story here.
Whatever happened to good old tap water. We always used to have a glass or jug on our dinner table.
This is cool!
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