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03 May 2010

Bottled water two to four times cost of fresh milk

One of my favourite newspaper columns is Value Hunter with Jane Hansen in The Sunday Mail.   Jane always gives well-researched, practical advice on how to save money.  The column features a Taste Test and value analysis of a particular product.  This week it is WATER - the bottled variety!

I love her tongue in check assessment when comparing the Taste Test quality - they all "taste just like water".  Jane does raise serious considerations like the fact Coca-Cola owned brand Mount Franklin water bottle costs more than triple Coca-Cola's carbonated drink and almost four times as much as a litre of fresh milk.

And, while tap water averages $1.70 per kilolitre (less than .0017 cents per litre), bottled water costs:

~ Organic Springs 600ml water bottle $2.75 per litre
~ Mount Franklin 600ml water bottle $4.15 per litre (owned by Coca-Cola)
~ Arooma 600ml water bottle $1.48 per litre
~ Pump 750ml water bottle $3.08 per litre (owned by Coca-Cola)

Aside from the costs of bottled water on the hip pocket, we know there are growing concerns about the environmental costs of bottled water. 

Director of a new documentary Tapped: get off the bottle, Stephanie Soechtig, says “1500 water bottles end up in landfill every second – that’s 30 million water bottle a day!”   The Tapped team is currently promoting the movie with an across America roadshow, collecting pledges from people to reduce their water bottle use and exchanging their empty plastic bottle for a reusable stainless steel bottle.   The roadshow is sponsored by Klean Kanteen.

Read our article Water bottle under siege - movies, books, governments and see the new animated film The Story of Bottled Water by The Story of Stuff creator, Annie Leonard.

Author & Editor

Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.


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