Water and coca cola/pepsi.
So, I went looking around a bit after reading oldhen‘s post on Coke. Happened to land on this page on the Coca Cola company’s website, where the following question and answer appear.
How much water is used to make one liter of Coca‑Cola?
Water is the main ingredient in our finished products. It also plays an essential role in manufacturing for washing and rinsing packaging, cleaning mixing tanks and piping, steam production and cooling. On average, in 2002, about 3.12 liters of water were needed to make one liter of Coca‑Cola products.
Vandana Shiva claims 1 litre of coke requires 9 litres of water. I suppose the real answer is somewhere in between. Say, 6 litres. Nevertheless, it is a significant quantity of water wasted on a pretty useless product.
Rather than ban the drink for a flimsy reason, it’s probably a better idea to price it out of easy affordability, by making water much more costlier to the company. I am pretty sure sales will tank if a 300 ml bottle sells for Rs 15 or more.
Here’s a wicked thought – make the cost of water for coke’s bottling plant = cost of water for a kinley 1 litre bottle. 🙂