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Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought it

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ISBN: 9781921372131
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Published: 30 June, 2008
Format: Paperback
Links Australian Libraries (Trove)

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Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought it

Bottlemania is an incisive, intrepid, and habit-changing narrative investigation into the commercialisation of our most basic human need: drinking water. Having already surpassed milk and beer, and second now only to soda, bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most popular beverage in the United States. The brands have become so ubiquitous that consumers are hardly conscious that Poland Spring and Evian were once real springs, bubbling in remote corners of Maine and France. Only now, with the water industry trading in the billions of dollars, have we begun to question what it is we're drinking and why. In this intelligent, eye-opening work of narrative journalism, Elizabeth Royte does for water what Eric Schlosser did for fast food: she finds the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that bring it from nature to our supermarkets. Along the way, she investigates the questions we must inevitably answer. Who owns our water? What happens when a bottled-water company stakes a claim on your town's source? Should we have to pay for water? Is the stuff coming from the tap completely safe? and if so, how many chemicals are dumped in to make it portable? What's the environmental footprint of making, transporting, and disposing of all those plastic bottles? A riveting chronicle of one of the greatest marketing coups of the twentieth century as well as a powerful environmental wake-up call, Bottlemania is essential reading for anyone who shells out two dollars to quench their daily thirst.

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