As Americans struggle with the idea of oil conservation one Brooklyn woman has taken a different approach. She is illustrating how oil and water do mix in a campaign to change the way New York thinks about water.
One way that NYC could become a role model to the rest of the nation is by going back to the tap. This was recently highlighted in Brooklyn Papers about one woman's effort in Park Slope to steer people away from bottled water.
Her arguments contain a list of both interesting and alarming facts, here are two.
New York City tap water is safer and better than bottled water anyway. The Environmental Protection Agency's standard for tap water, for example, is stiffer than the Food and Drug Administration's standard for bottled water. Plus, our tap water tastes better than all those fancy waters (the Aquafina that's bottled in Queens actually is New York City tap water -- which is then distilled and reconfigured with Aquafina's proprietary mix of minerals.)
Bottled water bottles are made from oil, a limited resource. Just making the containers alone consumes more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year, according to the Earth Policy Institute.