I want to think about how the ubiquitous commodity `bottled water' makes water into a political material. This is one of the driving questions of Plastic Water, a book I am currently writing with two colleagues Emily Potter and Kane Race. In approaching this question there are already a lot of answers. The bottling of water in single-serve disposable containers has generated significant economic effects in the form of new markets and profits for beverage companies and, in some places, significant political effects in the form of vigorous contestation of these markets and their impacts on natural resources and public water provision (cf Clarke, 2008). However, the challenge for our project is to understand this economy ^ politics relation beyond the logics of critique or corporate intentionality.