In recognition of World Environment Day next Tuesday 5 June, HQ East Burwood staff are invited to attend a special screening of the Stephanie Soechtig documentary ‘Tapped’.
This award winning documentary examines the big business of bottled water and asks if access to clean drinking water is a basic human right or a commodity to be bought and sold. From the impacts of plastic production to the waste that is generated, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities that are impacted by its' privatisation.
If you think you are not impacted by the bottled water industry – here are some facts that should make you think twice:
- 70% of the human body is water – staying hydrated in essential for good health
- HQ East Burwood staff have access to 14 drinking-water taps and 6 filtered/chilled water units
- The demographic most likely to use single-use bottled water is ‘health conscious’ female Gen Ys
- All HQ East Burwood staff recently surveyed indicated they use bottled water for ‘convenience’
- Bottled water production has a carbon footprint 300 times greater than that of tap water
- The Australian bottled water industry is estimated to be worth $500 million
- In Victoria an estimated 64% of PET bottles end up in landfill or are littered
- Every year CFA supplies 18,000 bottles of water to each of the 3 VFBV State Championships
- The tap water industry is more highly regulated than bottled water industry
- 10% of HQ East Burwood office staff currently use single-use water bottles at their desk
- Single-use water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – this plastic is 100% recyclable through normal ‘kerbside’ recycling programs
- Bottled water use by whole-of-CFA has increased by around 20% each year for the past 3 years
- 1,000 litres of tap water costs around $3. A 600ml bottle of water costs around $3
Staff: remember to bring your lunch to this special screening. Filtered tap water and glasses will be provided!
For more information on the social, environmental and economic impacts of bottled water, click on this link: http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-bottled-water/