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Nestle Pure Life – Filtered Water with Added Minerals??

Posted by telecommatt on July 29, 2007

This is my environmental rant for the weekend. I bought a bottle of water at this outdoor festival I was at today. I give the man my money and he comes back with a bottle of Nestle Pure Life purified water. Cool. I’ve never had Nestle Pure Life. I emptied the bottle and, having nothing better to do at the moment, began to examine the bottle wrapper.

Nestle Pure Life

“Pure Life Purified Water Enhanced with Minerals for Taste”. Enhanced with minerals for taste?! So, let’s straighten this out. I’m drinking purified water, which is basically tap water with all the random “stuff” removed. Except that they went back and added some “stuff” to make it taste better. Seriously, I just want some water. If you have to add “stuff” to your “purified water” to make people buy it, there’s something wrong with your water. Go back and try again. Next time I’m bringing my own freaking water.

Nestlé Pure Life product question & answers    Q:    What minerals are used for Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water enhanced with minerals for taste?    A:    We selected a unique blend of minerals that deliver a great taste – Calcium Chloride, Sodium Bicarbonate and Magnesium Sulfate.    Q:    Why can’t I find Nestlé Pure Life Spring Water?    A:    We’ve discontinued the spring water product so we can bring you a great tasting water utilizing a state-of-the-art process called reverse osmosis to filter the water and then enhance it with a blend of minerals that deliver a great taste.
http://www.nestle-purelife.us/about/faq.asp

Above is the a portion of Nestle’s FAQ section regarding the “enhanced with minerals” bit. This is just tap water. And they’ve discontinued their spring water so they can focus on bringing you more tap water. Look at all the carbon they produce to manufacture tap water! That’s insane! And now I’m feeling guilty after becoming a part of the problem today. At least I can recycle the bottle. Is the “enhanced” taste worth the environmental impact is creates? Really?

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Eco Challenge: One Diet Shower Please

Posted by telecommatt on April 8, 2007

Early last month, I did some thinking about how much CO2 is used to heat our water. I didn’t go as far as calculating the cost of my average 6-7 minute shower. (I’m a geek, not an engineer…) I did, however, notice that our water heater is the most carbon-hungry appliance in our home. And I noticed that one thing I do consistently that uses rather a lot of hot water is shower. Thankfully, I did not decide to stop showering. Instead, I set out a challenge for myself. Could I turn off the water when was showering for two days each week? Turn on water, water down, turn off water, soap up really fast, turn on water, rinse, turn off water, dry off really, really fast. Don’t look at me like that, it works! After all, when I was living in Dublin, Ireland it was not so uncommon to do this, as many people pay per minute of hot water use- something I found irritatingly difficult to remember until we got the bill each month. Somehow, now that I’m back in the US, my body seems to know that this is not normal. So, I’m starting small. But so far, my average shower-on time is just over two minutes. Over the course of the year, that ‘s 104 showers that will be about 66% shorter, and therefore pump 66% less CO2 into our air. And with Summer on it’s way, maybe I can bump it up to three or four showers a week! Think I can do it? Think you can do it?

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Eco Challenge: One Diet Shower Please

Posted by telecommatt on October 2, 2006

Early last month, I did some thinking about how much CO2 is used to heat our water. I didn’t go as far as calculating the cost of my average 6-7 minute shower. (I’m a geek, not an engineer…) I did, however, notice that our water heater is the most carbon-hungry appliance in our home. And I noticed that one thing I do consistently that uses rather a lot of hot water is shower. Thankfully, I did not decide to stop showering. Instead, I set out a challenge for myself. Could I turn off the water when was I showering for two days each week? Turn on water, water down, turn off water, soap up really fast, turn on water, rinse, turn off water, dry off really, really fast. Don’t look at me like that, it works! After all, when I was living in Dublin, Ireland it was not so uncommon to do this, as many people pay per minute of hot water use- something I found irritatingly difficult to remember until we got the bill each month. Somehow, now that I’m back in the US, my body seems to know that this is not normal. So, I’m starting small. But so far, my average shower-on time is just over two minutes. Over the course of the year, that ‘s104 showers that will be about 66% shorter, and therefore pump 66% less CO2 into our air. And with Summer on it’s way, may I can bump it up to three or four showers a week! Think I can do it? Think you can do it?

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