I just read that in the USA, Water became the most consumed bottled product in 2017. Here is Oz I am pretty certain it is still the various offerings of Coke. Not sure which I find most disturbing.
Perhaps even more disturbing, here in Australia at least, is the fact that the bottled water is often no better at all than the local tap water, and that the same multinational companies that sell the soft drinks also sell the bottled water, ripping it out of the ground under license or not and in places significantly affecting the local ecology.
I know this is true and find the basic fact disturbing. When my late partner's daughter would visit us both in Seattle and on island she would buy a case of bottled water. Seattle has some of the best and cleanest water in the country ( [seattle.gov] watch the slide show). Better yetOn island I have both a personal well and a water harvesting system. Unfortunately, she was so set on bottled water nothing could change her mind. Years ago a group checking our pollution in companies found a large industry that dumped their wastes in a large pit. This pit was close to another well in which a company that sold bottled water was located!!! Often bottled water is also polluted.
Thought in Oz beer was ? Lol The offerings of sugary drinks is problem world wide. here in SA we now have the first sugar tax and it hits people like coke big time. We also learned to use 25 ltr of water per day per person because of the drought. Humans in 1st world countries like America waste a lot of water !
Many of the bottling companies have been found to be bottling water from the same source as homes. They filter it (maybe), then bottle it, and sell it to those foolish enough to believe it's "better", or more pure somehow. Then there's the other companies that are pumping down aquifers worldwide , as much as they want - all for the price of an occasional pumping permit. And people pay stupid prices for the privilege of drinking it out of plastic-damn-bottles !
Coke & other hydration companies are pumping the ground water out of the aquifer in Michigan. Resulting in huge profits for the poor overly taxed multi billion dollar corporations & sink holes developing where there should be none. All at tax payers expense as we learn to purchase water instead of demanding clean water for all via our government.
It's not just Flint that has contaminated water. Many cities in Michigan have a lead issue. Not to mention hundreds of cities across the United States. Jordan Chariton always does a lot of reporting on this issue. It's pretty horrifying. I can't blame people for wanting to buy bottled water.
Americans are lazy. I have a well and my water tastes fine, but I still buy bottled water because I can stick in the refrigerator and take it with me. I sometimes fill the empty bottle with water from the faucet, though.
On the other hand, I have cut back on my soda consumption because of the artificial sweeteners. I stopped drinking soda with sugar many decades ago.
On the other hand, if Aussies are drinking large amounts of soda, they could be lazy, too. (Grin.)