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Bottlemania by Elizabeth Royte
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Sep 14, 08

bookshelves: foods-and-epicurious, business-and-economics
Recommended to Angel by: I saw Valerie had it on her "to read"list.
Recommended for: anyone who drinks water
Read in September, 2008

This book provides an interesting and very detailed look at the bottled water business. It looks at how the business went from a small niche to a big market. It may either make you go buy more bottled water, or really make you stick with the tap water. Because the truth is not as simple as it is usually presented. Tap water is not as bad as people make it sound. . .for the most part. But bottled water is not much better, and at times, is slightly worse, not to mention its environmental impact. This book does try to look at both sides of the issue in a balanced way as the author travels and speaks to many experts from water utility managers to a bottled water snob to corporate representatives of bottled water. If you have no idea where your drinking water comes from, you have to read this book. Me? I am sticking with my tap water and refilling my bottle. By the way, the history is very interesting as well; the book looks at how springs were seen as medicinal and the early bottling businesses. This is one I recommend. I understand this author has other books, so I will likely look for them as well.
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