Against the Grain

Commodifying Water

Over the last forty years, bottled water consumption has exploded. Once a rarefied item, global sales of bottled water dwarf every other beverage — totaling $300 billion a year. Environmental sociologist Daniel Jaffee argues that packaged water doesn’t only imperil our oceans and bodies with plastic waste, but undermines safe public water even more than water privatization. (Encore presentation.)


Daniel Jaffee, Unbottled: The Fight against Plastic Water and for Water Justice UC Press, 2023


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