Water is a human right. We, humans, animals and our environment, all need it to survive, yet corporations increasingly seek to privatize and profit from it. We’re working to ensure that water is public, safe, and accessible to all.
Fights around public water are popping up throughout the United States and around the world.
Everyday people are working to preserve clean water access in their communities and to secure public water sources, systems, and infrastructure against privatization.
The Story of Stuff Project is a firm believer in safeguarding the water commons for public good. With our Unbottle Water campaign, we’re fighting to protect public water resources from the aggressive privatization efforts of companies like Nestlé Waters as they push to secure new sources of water for bottling. We promote efforts to expand water affordability programs, rebuild aging water infrastructure, and counter industry attacks on clean water regulations.
The commodification of water is a prime example of the way that a culture centered around the accumulation of stuff can threaten basic human rights like access to clean, affordable water.
From the manufactured demand for bottled water (and the plastic pollution it creates), to the exploitation of public land and water resources, to the injustice of communities fighting for safe water while Nestlé bottles it hours away, water represents the head-on collision between the materials economy and a future that is healthy and just for all.
Watch The Story of Bottled Water
Learn how the bottled water industry attacks tap water and uses environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.