How we got conned into drinking bottled water — and how we can stop

In just a few decades, water went from a common resource to an incredibly popular packaged commodity with a serious environmental footprint.
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Evian's new 100% recycled plastic bottle has no label

The bottle, which has the brand name engraved onto the recycled plastic, is part of Evian’s effort to become fully circular by 2025.

Companies’ new pledges to boost recycling face old pitfalls

Some of the world's biggest consumer brand companies have promised to dramatically boost recycling. Yet some of those same companies have made — and failed to deliver on — similar promises in the past.


U.S. House Democrats launch probe into Nestle water bottling

Information on water extraction, sales, testing and plastic use sought by Congressional subcommittee.

Bottler of Crystal Geyser Water admits to mishandling arsenic waste at Eastern Sierra Plant

The company used sand filters to reduce the concentration of naturally occurring arsenic generating thousands of gallons of arsenic-contaminated wastewater.


Water passed out to Flint residents should be poured out, church says

People that picked up bottled water spooled by FEMA to a Flint church are being told to pour it out after reports of the bottles smelling like mildew and mold.


Nestlé cannot claim bottled water is 'essential public service', court rules

Michigan's second-highest court rules in favor of township in case that could damage company's effort to privatize water.


New Hampshire wants to test all bottled water for PFAS contaminants

As state and local officials adapt to new guidelines for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, bottled water is getting more attention.


Boxed water isn’t an environmental solution to our waste crisis

Those boxes aren’t as easy to recycle as plastic. And nothing is better than just not buying water in the first place.

Newark residents line up for bottled water, doubt official assurances about lead

"They're picking and choosing who they want to give water to — at least, that's how I feel."


NJ Gov. Phil Murphy: 'No evidence' that Newark residents can't get bottled water

Newark has been distributing bottled water to more than 14,000 homes for the last 10 days after an EPA order over high lead levels.

New Hampshire bill aims to let consumers know what chemicals are in bottled water

State Rep. Renny Cushing plans to introduce legislation that will require the manufactures of all bottled water sold in the state to include information on the bottle about what’s inside.

Eat less plastic. Microplastics in food & water

There's so much plastic around that we all consume thousands of microplastic particles in food and water. Consumer Reports explains how to try to reduce your exposure.

Dasani's new vending machine is BYOB (bring your own bottle)

As part of a plan to reduce its plastic waste footprint, bottled water giant Dasani is rolling out a new way to pay to hydrate yourself: a machine that dispenses water (or seltzer), but only if you already have a bottle.

Massachusetts bottled water company shutters after PFAS detected

Water from Spring Hill Dairy Farm was pulled from store shelves in Vermont last week after it was found to contain more than six times the state’s PFAS limit.
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Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

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Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

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