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The Dirty Truth About Bottled Water

Fresh, pure, premium, and safe, some of the words that come to mind when we think about bottled water. But the question remains, is bottled water really better than tap water? At first glance, one would assume so. But when we take a closer look, it turns out bottled water isn’t really all that it’s tapped out to be…

September 24th

Concord, MA Residents Ban Bottled Water Sales

If you live in Concord, Massachusetts or will be traveling there, be sure to bring your own reusable water bottle.  Starting January 1, 2011, the sale of bottled water will be banned within city limits.  Concord is the first city in America to completely outlaw bottled water, and the bottled water industry is not happy.

May 13th

Hormone Disruptor BPA is in the Water Now

Scientists have now confirmed that an increasingly infamous chemical (or hormone disruptor) that is linked to obesity, miscarriage, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other health concerns is not just in our plastic bottles, soda cans and canned food, but it’s also in the water. What is likely to be the number one source? “Unbreakable” polycarbonate […]

April 16th

The Birth Control Pill Threatens Fish Reproduction

An estimated 80 million women worldwide  take oral contraceptives (aka “the Pill“) to “inhibit ovulation and thus prevent pregnancy”.  First available to the public in the 1960s, the Pill has been pronounced as “the most significant medical advance of the 20th century”.  Although the Pill revolutionized women’s health, traces of the contraceptive are ending up […]

April 12th

The Rise and Fall of Bottled Water

The evolution of the bottled water industry has finally crested and demise has begun.  I admit, I fell for bottled water’s marketing strategy in believing tap water was not safe.  The H2O held in those clear plastic bottles was safer, I believed, until I learned that the plastic containers leached BPA.  After successfully convincing us all […]

March 22nd

Silver Nanoparticles Can Mutate and Kill Fish Embryos

Nanoparticles of silver are in more than 200 different products on the market as anti-microbial agents, but scientists are now questioning whether the practice is safe for our environmental and personal health. Nanoparticles, silver in particular, get washed down the drain and into our waterways, exposing fish and other aquatic life and raising big concerns […]

November 25th

Clean Water Act Violations Rarely Prosecuted

In an extensive series on “toxic waters”, the New York Times has discovered that “more than 50 percent of regulated facilities violated the Clean Water Act (CWA), but enforcement actions against polluters were infrequent.” Hawaii has the greatest number of violators per 100 facilities; Nevada has the least.  Missouri is the state with the least […]

September 16th