The U.S. is the largest consumer of bottled water in the world, but the French drink a lot of it too. You may have heard the recent news about Paris offering carbonated water from new public drinking fountains, in an effort to decrease the amount of bottled water they buy and show people how good the public tap water is. Apparently the French are the 8th largest drinkers of bottled water in the world, and with the 21st biggest population, they clearly like their bottled water, especially the bubbly stuff. Weren’t Perrier and Evian among the first we imported to the U.S.?
Though mineral water has some mineral content and fizzy water just has CO2, they’re both refreshing, hence the huge sales. And so much of is shipped across the oceans. You can buy water carbonators to make the stuff for yourself at home (if you have good tasting water) and not have to pay more for and haul bottles of mineral or soda water from the store. You can even exchange the gas cartridges to keep the cost, waste and landfill down. That’s cool.
I began researching these wonderfully satisfying sparkling drinks and then it dawned on me, with a burp and some alarm, that the history of carbonating beverages, invented in the 18th century, and on to a steady, probably exponential increase throughout the 19th and 20th centuries… why, it follows a similar timeline as the concentration of CO2 levels in our atmosphere….!
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Barbara Hirsch, recording engineer, eco-person
“Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– The Lorax, Children’s book by Dr. Seuss
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