"Tapped"

As Samantha said, my name is Jonny and I'm the new intern at Overbrook!

This Thursday I went to see the new documentary "Tapped." The movie covers the many environmental issues of bottled water, from the toxic chemicals in the plastic, to the large heap of plastic in the Pacific ocean that is twice the size of Texas. The movie shows that large companies, like Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle, have been taking huge amounts of water from municipal sources, (causing drought in some areas) purifying it, bottling it, and selling it for over 1900 times the price of tap water. These companies claim that their water is much cleaner that tap water, and so charge much more for it. In reality, the movie shows that on average, tap water is cleaner than bottled, because it's regulated weekly by the FDA, while most bottled water is regulated by the companies themselves.

Another major issue covered in the movie is the plastic bottles themselves; the pollution put into the atmosphere as a result of manufacturing the bottles, the toxic chemicals in the plastic, and where the plastic ends up after it's been used. 20 percent of bottles are recycled, but the rest either ends up in landfills or the ocean. Many bottles end up in the huge North Pacific Garbage Patch, where there is 46 times more plastic than plankton.

The movie was well made, and I learned a lot about bottled water that I didn't know. Overall I liked the movie quite a bit, and I recommend seeing it! My only problem with it is that the theater was a little hard to find, but that isn't really the movie makers' fault.