Bottle Water Blues

In class today we watched the short video “The Story of Bottled Water” which tells the story of manufactured demand. It discusses how you get people to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. The film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.

We discussed how this issue applies to the UAE, how it applies to you as a designer, and how you might be part of the solution. We can make an impact as designers, community members, and mothers. This is a huge opportunity for millions of people to wake up and protect our wallets, our health and the planet.

While you’re at it, you might like to check out other videos that explore our consumption of “stuff” such as:

The Story of Cosmetics

The Ugly Truth of “Toxics In, Toxics Out”

The Story of Cosmetics examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. The seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives.


The Story of Electronics

Why “Designed for the Dump” is Toxic for People and the Planet

The Story of Electronics explores the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage―25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Annie takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up.


The Story of Stuff

All the Stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, from its extraction to sale, use and disposal. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between environmental and social issues all around us and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.