Recently my university union stopped selling bottled water, in response to a student vote against selling it. The union provides free cooled water taps (no cups though).
Now we're voting on other motions, including one to bring the sale of bottled water back.
It got me thinking! I certainly think that bottled water is stupid; tap water is just as good, and pretty much free! I generally buy a bottle of charity water (profits go the charity), and then re-use that bottle until... well until it goes missing and then I buy another bottle.
But is bottled water unethical?
The motion to bring back the sale of bottled water points out that fizzy water is still for sale, which I do agree is silly! If still water is banned... surely those who prefer it fizzy can't justify their negative impact on the environment by arguing that their want for fizzy water is more important, can they?
I think people complain about bottled water a lot, but not really about other drinks. The wasted plastic of bottles of pop is just as bad, perhaps it shouldn't just be the still water drinkers who need to switch to tap water? What makes drinking bottled water so much worse than drinking bottled coke?
Obviously coke is a different drink, but if we're talking about just a casual drink of something at lunch time, is it really that different?
I personally believe (after only a day of thinking, admittedly) that if we are able to criticise still water drinkers for not switching to tap, then we ought not to single them out. I think there's a danger of being hypocritical otherwise.
What do you think?