What’s in your bottled water?

May 11, 2009


What’s in your water?  You can help the Environmental Working Group do the research.  I recently received an e-mail from them asking for the labels from any bottled water I happen to purchase over the next month along with where I bought it, the date I bought it, my name and e-mail address. If you do this you’ll get a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides magnet for sure and maybe you’ll win a water bottle and totebag (is it possible to have too many tote bags?  I think not).  Do your bit for research and send in those water bottle labels.  Here’s the e-mail I received with all the information:

Ever look at a bottle of water and wonder, “Where does the water come from? Is it purified? Did the FDA make sure it’s safe and clean?”

Join EWG’s Bottled Water Label Scavenger Hunt and get your questions answered.

Here’s how to get involved (and win EWG prizes!):

1) The next time you buy a bottle of water (even we EWG’ers sometimes forget our reusable bottle) choose a non-sparkling, unflavored water bottled in glass or clear plastic.

2) Carefully remove the entire label from the bottle. We need all the information from the label, so if necessary, cut the plastic around the label to get it all off.

3) Write down:

  • the name and location of the store where you purchased the water
  • the date you purchased the water
  • your name, email and mailing address

4) Mail your labels and other information to: 

Environmental Working Group
Attn: Nneka Leiba
1436 U St. NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20009

Whoever sends the most labels (duplicates not counting) by June 15 will win a stainless steel water bottle with the EWG logo and a jumbo-sized, reusable grocery tote printed with EWG’s pollution solutions tips.  Plus, everyone who participates will get a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides magnet!

Thank you in advance for helping us with our research to make sure bottled water companies are honest with you about the water you buy. 


EWG Bottled Water Research Team 



  1. Remember a couple of years ago when they discovered that one of the “spring” water companies was actually just filtering tap water? I’ve been skeptical of bottled water ever since – I just have my own filter on my faucet now!

    • one of my favorite things about our refrigerator is the built in filter. Between that and our metal water bottles we are good to go!

      at work we do have bottled water – a water cooler (with built in heater for instant hot water for tea – very nice) – the water in the building tastes truly awful so bottled is good there.

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