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


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. 


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!