The Business of Bottled Water: An "Obsession" With a Price
Books: Peter Gleick Answers Questions About His New Book, Bottled and Sold
Everyone needs water, and in much of the developed world, they get it—virtually for free. Yet companies have made a big business out of selling water products to people with ready access to safe, clean tap water.
The effects of the bottled-water movement have been devastating, not just on wallets but also on the environment, says Peter Gleick, one of the world's foremost experts on sustainable water use and winner of a 2003 MacArthur “genius” grant. In his first book for the general public, Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water, Gleick explores the skillful marketing that made bottled water such a success, the myth of "clean" bottled water, and the surprising toll it has