Mark DiMassimo and Eric Yaverbaum have launched a very creative campaign the brings into the spotlight the wastefulness and questionable benefits of consuming bottled water. They argue that (1) use of water bottles creates a tremendous amount of waste (2) Yeah their recyclable, but that process consumes energy to run full circle (3) many bottled waters are essentially tap water (sometimes with less state and federal guidelines in place than municipal drinking water) (4) using a reusable water bottle with tap water, when compared to bottled water creates less waste and in some cases may be better water.
They lay these arguments out in some detail on the tappenning.com website:
Their stated motivation is to sell water bottles with clever sayings to self fund their education campaign, my favorite saying is: "Think Globally. Drink Locally."
With some municipal government considering or outright banning one-use water bottles, this may be a sign of market changes to come.... the convenience of the water bottle is perhaps becoming less compelling in comparison to the impact this "convenience" has on our environment.