Had It Up to Here with Bottled Water? Start a Lie


For more than a year, it’s been an uphill battle trying to convince some of my friends and family members that bottled water is really nothing more than supremely overpriced tap water. Some of them still insist it tastes better and is better for them, which is what the bottled water industry wants them to think.

I generally don’t regress to my lower self to win a fight, but sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Bottled water companies would have us believe that their product comes from pristine mountain streams that have never been contaminated by man, and that it really is healthier to consume. Some companies even have the nerve to market their products as “green” because they make their bottles with — get this — a whopping 30% less plastic (see Nestle’s so-called “Eco-Shape” bottles). No wonder so many people think “green” is nothing more than a marketing gimmick!

Given the lack of truth in advertising from water companies, the team at Tappening.com, which has been fighting the battle against bottled water for a few years, is encouraging consumers to make up their own lies about bottled water with the Start a Lie campaign and website. You can see four of those lies in the images above:

  1. Bottled Water Makes Acid Rain Fall on Playgrounds
  2. Bottled Water is the Primary Cause of Restless Leg Syndrome
  3. Bottled Water Causes Blindness in Puppies
  4. Bottled Water: 98% Melted Ice Caps. 2% Polar Bear Tears

But consumers can submit their own versions. Among my favorite user-submitted lies?

  1. Drinking bottled water turns your babies into monkeys.
  2. Bottled water votes Republican.
  3. Bottled water is the primary cause of heart disease.
  4. Bottled waters led to the economic crisis.
  5. Rome fell when it tripped on a discarded plastic water bottle.
  6. WARNING: The Surgeon General Has Deemed Bottled Water Addictive.
  7. Drinking bottled water allows the government to track you with spy satellites.
  8. Bottled water makes babies cry in movie theaters and crowded restaurants.
  9. Luke only obtained THE FORCE by giving up bottled water.

There are many, many others that are equally as hilarious. As silly as these lies are, the point is that we shouldn’t fall for the propaganda the bottled water industry would have us believe any more than people should take these made-up side effects seriously.

If you haven’t yet, get yourself a reusable water bottle and a filter for your tap. Really. It’s a good idea.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!


  1. I didn’t know that bottled water was the leading cause of restless leg syndrome. I have kicked bottled water and use a filter on the sink now and i think it tastes just as good

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