Have you ever read Carrie by Stephen King (or watched the movie)? Because the only way I can describe the tone I’m about to take on is that of Carrie’s mom. So…brace yourself. I’m not being (completely) serious.
My family is a little different than most. It consists of four people: my mom, my dad, my brother (15), and myself. That’s not the strange part. We have a walk in pantry, a laundry room full of crates of drinks, and four functioning refrigerators/freezers (yes, we have others that we don’t use anymore). We buy things in bulk from the Sam’s Club, and always leave HEB with usually two carts worth of food. It’s consumerism at its finest, really. Whenever we have guests over they are always in awe of how much food we have. Friends have always joked (even though I never really found it funny) about how it’s a miracle I’m not the size of a whale, but at least if there was a zombie apocalypse, my family would survive for quite a while…I guess what I’m trying to get at here is that when my family buys any sort of food/drink, we buy A LOT. So my family has always bought crates and crates of bottled water (and my dad brings home a lot more that he gets from work for free). I’m sure the Hernandezes have single handedly crated a water bottle chain that could stretch from here to the moon. My family has always joked that I’m this crazy-radical-commie-hippie-liberal, but it wasn’t until very recently that I stopped drinking bottled water altogether. My family’s familiar with me calling it devil water, and I’m surprised I haven’t thoroughly pissed anyone off with it yet considering even the smallest of my crazy socialist remarks have started arguments between my parents and myself. Because I live with my parents, I don’t really have the option of eating healthy or being very environmentally conscious–I just have the food that they buy and the resources they provide. But refusing to drink bottled water is something I do have the choice to do, and even if it doesn’t really make a difference to the environment, it makes a difference to me. The thing that spurred me to do this was watching the documentary Tapped. It showed me not only the awful environmental toll of bottled water but the health risks, how it impacts people and communities (especially low income/minorities), and how it impacts our values socially and economically. While I still end up buying into plastic bottles (quite literally) when I get juices or sodas, I realize water is something I can get from the tap and is something I will do. I strongly believe every human has the right to clean drinking water, and while bottled water may have a place in emergency/rescue situations, I am privileged enough not to need it, therefore I won’t use it. I personally refuse to support the privatization of water. Water’s not a commodity, it’s a necessity.
Watch Tapped for free here: