By Saabira Chaudhuri The Wall Street Journal Wed., Dec. 12, 2018 ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE—Bottled water, which recently dethroned soda as America’s most popular beverage, is facing a crisis. A consumer backlash against disposable plastic plus new government mandates and bans in places such as zoos and department stores have the world’s biggest bottled-water makers scrambling to find alternatives. Evian this year pledged to make all its plastic bottles entirely from recycled plastic by 2025, up from 30% today and among the boldest goals in the industry. Executives at parent company Danone SA hope the move will help it regain market share and win over plastic detractors who are already pressuring the makers of straws, bags and coffee cups. There’s a big problem. The industry has tried and failed for years to make a better bottle. Existing recycling technology needs clean, clear plastic to make new water bottles, and bottled-water companies … [Read more...] about Bottled water, America’s most popular drink, has a plastic problem
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Around 2.5 billion to 3 billion people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. There are at least another 1.5 billion in developed countries who may have access to clean water but don’t trust its quality. A number of widely publicized events about unreliable water services in some countries have added to this mistrust. Seventeen years ago, Walkerton, Ontario, had Canada’s worst E coli contamination of domestic water supply. It resulted in seven deaths and 2,300 illnesses. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox In 2014, Flint, Michigan, changed its source of water supply to the Flint River. This corrosive source dangerously increased lead contamination of domestic water, which severely affected people’s health, especially children. Many other incidents, in cities ranging from Sydney in Australia to Hong Kong, have made people increasingly skeptical of the quality of water they get at home. To be on the safe side, consumers … [Read more...] about Smart policies are key to solving clean water problems
BEIJING: At first glance, it may seem like just a black truck filled with bottles of water, but a closer look reveals a darker — or rather murkier — side to what's sloshing around inside. Its cargo of more than 500 bottles of Nongfu Spring, a ubiquitous Chinese brand, filled with contaminated drinking water from the village of Xiaohaotu in China's northwest Shaanxi province is being driven around Beijing as a reminder of the costs of the country's rapid economic development. The mobile exhibition, created by "Nut Brother" — an artist known for advocacy work on environmental and social issues — was created in defiance after his initial show was shut down. Shocked by Shaanxi's dirty drinking water during a work trip to the province in May, the 37-year-old enlisted the help of villagers to fill 9,000 empty Nongfu bottles and brought them back to Beijing, where they were installed in a museum. The exhibition caught the attention of Nongfu Spring Company and two … [Read more...] about Tainted water exhibition roves around Beijing after initial shutdown
SINGAPORE: If you think putting your plastic waste into the blue bin means it will automatically be recycled, think again.China's announcement last July that it no longer wanted to import “foreign garbage” has created problems within the global recycling industry, which could mean that the plastic bottle you just “recycled” is actually destined for the incinerator.Like many Western countries, Singapore too has been sending a huge proportion of its recyclable plastic overseas. Until recently, most of this also made its way to China, as industry players pointed out that running a recycling operation here is not financially viable.In the longer term, however, observers say that exporting Singapore’s plastic recyclables to other countries, or even simply incinerating it, are both unsustainable.Responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said it “recognises that there may be … [Read more...] about ‘Cannot sell … so they burn’: What’s next in the uncertain future for plastic waste in Singapore?
caption Do you know what’s really inside your water bottle? Probably some tiny plastic bits. source Mark Dadswell/Getty Images Bottled water has twice the amount of microplastic in it that tap water does, according to a new report. Some plastic bottles have as many as 10,000 of these microplastic parts in a single liter. They’re often the same kind of plastic that is used to make the bottle caps. When you drink from a plastic bottle of fresh H20, you’re sipping more than just water. A new report from Orb Media reveals how major bottled water brands, including Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle and Evian all have tens, hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of microplastic particles floating in their products. These microparticles are typically about the same thickness as a single strand of human hair, and scientists don’t know yet what gulping them down might be doing to our bodies. It turns … [Read more...] about Bottled water from major brands like Aquafina, Nestle, and Dasani has been found to contain tiny plastic particles that you’re drinking