The World's Most Expensive Waters
I admit to buying bottled water occasionally, but there's always the thought in the back of my head that I'm paying for something that I can get for little to no cost at home, where I have a Brita water filter. The markup on a 20 oz. bottle of water is enormous, and sometimes it boggles my mind to think how much we're paying for something so basic. (See also: The Best Eco-Friendly Water Bottles)
In the grand scheme of things, paying a dollar or two for the occasional water bottle isn't going to break the bank. What may break the bank is paying exorbitant fees for waters.
In Marque Restaurant in Sydney, owner Mark Best installed a $6,000 system that filters, chills, and carbonates tap water. He's now selling the tap water for over $5 a glass. Charging so much for water has caused an uproar, but the cost includes unlimited refills, and the process is lightening Best's carbon footprint. To me, this sounds fairly reasonable. Especially considering that bottled water at the restaurant was about $10, $5 for treated tap water should not be causing a fuss. If the patrons at this restaurant (or more likely, online commenters) have a problem with Best's policy, I can't imagine what they'll think of the prices for the waters listed below, considered the world's most expensive.
Bling H20 is most noted for being a celebrity drink, having been spotted at events such as the Emmys, Grammys, and the MTV Video Music Awards. Each bottle comes frosted, corked, and with hand-applied Swarovski crystals. This water costs $40-$60 per bottle.
The Fillico set of water bottles, costing about $219, are capped with gold king and queen crowns. These bottles are decorated with Swarovski crystals and gold paint. The water comes from a spring in Kobe, Japan and is sold at the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo.
Just two ounces of Kona Nigari will cost you a whopping $33.50! This Hawaiian seawater is collected from a depth of about 2,000 feet, about 10 times the necessary amount to be considered deep seawater. The water is said to aid in weight loss, stress reduction, and digestion. For the advertised benefits, maybe it's worth it!
Exousia 24K Gold Luxury Water
Exousia 24K Gold Luxury Water sells for a whopping $24,000, but what makes it so special? This water is based on 24-karat gold, which means that little gold particles float around in the bottle, giving it a special sparkle. Add in its advertised anti-aging and anti-stress components, and you've got water fit for King Midas.
24K Gold Altamirano Glass Bottle
This $60,000 24-karat gold Altamirano glass bottle is known more for its bottle than for the water. The extravagant bottle was designed by Italian artist Fernando Altamirano, and the water combines water from springs in France and the Fiji Islands, and glacier water from Iceland.
I don't think I'm quite ready to shell out for one of these expensive bottles, but it definitely makes me feel better about only spending a buck on my plastic bottles!