Annie Leonard, a sustainability proponent known for The Story of Stuff project, has a new video that blasts the bottled water industry, called "The Story of Bottled Water." The 8-minute video, posted below, tackles a few plastics-related issues. It criticizes the low recycling rate for PET water bottles, the fact that some of communities sell used bottles to overseas recyclers, and that many bottles are "downcycled" rather than used to make new bottles. Leonard also tosses in a shot directly at the plastic bottle industry, noting that while tap water is usually safe to drink, "In many places public water is polluted, thanks to polluting industries like the plastic bottle industry." This is a simple video with a powerful anti-plastics message. The industry -- including plastics recyclers -- might quibble with some of the facts. But this is, boiled down to the basic talking points, the argument that critics are making against bottled water.
Video: The Story of Bottled Water
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