Tapped: Effects Of Bottled Water

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Tapped is a documentary that details the effects water bottles and water bottle production has on the environment and the people living there. It details the way water bottling companies take advantage of local communities and their environments in order to turn a profit. The movie also discusses the way advertising for bottled water changed and how it motivated Americans to buy more bottled water. Tapped also highlights the dangers of living next to oil plants that are used in the production of plastic bottles. Tapped was a very insightful documentary that opened my eyes about how water bottle companies take advantage of local communities, the absurdity of how America has been convinced bottled water is better, and the carelessness of those …show more content…
The film talked about Perrier becoming really popular in the U.S., and Perrier was in a glass bottle. Perrier rose in popularity, and with that the company had to come up with a way the everyday person could carry the bottle. The solution was a plastic bottle. Other companies followed suit. Furthermore, advertising for these bottles of water included celebrities to make it more appealing. This gimmick works almost every time in advertising, and it did not fail here. Tapped commentators mentioned something really interesting about bottled water advertising. They pointed out the fact that most bottles of water have the words “pure” and “refreshing” written on their labels. The commentators mentioned that this somehow has the effect of making bottled water seem purer than tap water, when in fact, according to Tapped, 40% of bottled water is just tap water. There was a clip in Tapped from a Congressional hearing where representatives had to testify about their bottled water, and the representative said that he, personally, could tell a difference in the taste of bottled water and tap water, that it somehow tasted more refreshing. The American public has somehow bought this as a reasonable excuse to keep using bottles of water instead of using an eco-friendly …show more content…
Before watching Tapped, I never thought about how plastic bottles were made and the actual cost of using them daily. I find it absurd that corporations have somehow found a way to take advantage of hard-working people and sell them something they do not need. It also makes me mad that people are getting sick and that factories are still in business despite this. It is absolutely ridiculous that plastic bottles are still a popular way to drink water outside of disaster relief. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Tapped and look forward to learning more about the plastic bottle industry and how it impacts people in America and people

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