A friend emailed this to me a couple of days ago (Thanks Manjari) and I have been meaning to share this since I got it. Finally sharing it now…
This new, beautifully-designed line of bottled water – this time not from the melting Alps, nor from faraway, clean-water-deprived Fiji, but rather from the contaminated ground near the site of the 1984 Bhopal catastrophe was launched recently in London.
The unique qualities of this water come from 25 years of slow-leaching toxins at the site of the world’s largest industrial accident.
Here’s a close-up of the label:
The Bhopal gas tragedy was one of the biggest industrial accidents in history. For those of you who are not aware of the story here’s a brief synopsis:
On the night of Dec. 2nd and 3rd, 1984, a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, began leaking 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate. None of the six safety systems designed to contain such a leak were operational, allowing the gas to spread throughout the city of Bhopal. Half a million people were exposed to the gas and 20,000 have died to date as a result of their exposure. More than 120,000 people still suffer from ailments caused by the accident and the subsequent pollution at the plant site.
Till date Dow Chemical – who bought Union Carbide – has refused to clean up and thousands of people are still suffering because of their callousness.