Bottled Water: Summer Thirst Quencher

Animated map shows where your bottled water actually comes from. Business Insider - YouTube

Animated map shows where your bottled water actually comes from. Business Insider – YouTube

In the past, hot summer days meant that some enterprising youngsters in the neighborhood would set up a lemonade stand or the family would share a pitcher of iced tea on the front porch to cool off. In recent times, we’ve pretty much retreated indoors to slake our thirst year-round. The drink of choice is often a soft drink, usually carbonated. As a result, fizzy soft drink manufacturing is a $38.6 billion a year business.


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Bottled water has surged in popularity in recent decades, although there lately has been some pushback over the environmental threat posed by so many empty plastic bottles. The 295 water-bottling establishments in the nation ship more than $5.5 billion worth of product annually.

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