March 18: Tapped (#18)

I watched this doc a few years ago when I didn't have TV so I would [totally legally] download movies at work to watch when I got home. I don't remember what year it was when I first watched TAPPED, but I did have the exact same thoughts when it ended back then and today: human beings should basically never buy bottled water if they can help it.

I probably watched it around the same time that I started reading Jason Mraz's blog (he's very vocal about this issue), because I bought this water bottle shortly after and it's been collecting stickers ever since. I'm actually drinking out of it right now, and I carry it everywhere I go. 

So I hope that Day 18 of #DocuMarch will give you a little bit of insight into just how freakin' awful plastic bottles are for the world. And if it doesn't... well, you should still stop buying them anyways.

I don't know where I heard this, but someone once said to me "Quit trying to find your destination -- your destination will find you." Case in point: TAPPED. The original idea for the movie started as a story (by directors Stephanie Soechtig & Jason Lindsey) about ocean pollution, but that research kept pointing them back to the bottled water industry. Ergo; TAPPED basically wrote itself. Another highly rated doc on Rotten Tomatoes (84%) and winner of several "Best Documentary Awards," the film exposes the big business behind something you might have never thought twice about. 

And it's awful. 

Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle mine public water sources and sell it back to the public at criminal markup. Then it has to be transported, processed, packaged and retailed - and most of those plastic bottles end up in landfills, or the ocean. Transporting the water uses about 18 million gallons of oil.
— Glenn MacDonald, NPR

THOUGHTS

After watching TAPPED, you'll find yourself laughing at how humans are so quick to snip the rings on the 6-pack plastic to keep seagulls and fish safe, but never really give a sh*t about how much worse plastic bottles are for the animal kingdom as they sip on a bottle of water that cost 500% more than tap water. I realize that Seattle has turned me into the closest thing to a hippie as my country roots will allow, but this is just pure carelessness. Ask yourself this: how many times have you heard someone use words like "beautiful," "picturesque," or "clean" to describe a place in America? Now answer this: WHY WOULDN'T YOU WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY?

The facts about how much safer [most] municipality water is compared to [some] bottled water is staggering, and scary. It also makes me feel icky to think about bottles of water I've purchased now floating out in Trash Island, or some a beach someplace in the world. The most alarming fact, however, is simply how Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle just don't give a f*ck about the residents who live in the towns nearest to the "water mines." 

If you're ready to have your evening ruined - in a good way - watch TAPPED and stop buying bottled water whenever you can. 

TL;DR

The story about how awful big corporations have turned the bottled water industry into, and why we should stop supporting it.

4 of 5 Stars!

Onwards,
--Justin