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What do you think about banning bottled water?

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Banning Bottled Water Is a Brilliant Move

Posted by Maressa Brown on January 3, 2013

bottles of waterUpon walking into a grocery store these days, we think nothing of seeing shelves and shelves, walls upon walls of bottled water. And many of us -- whether we're proud to admit it or not -- find ourselves schlepping said water bottles home on a regular basis. But this is a practice that recently came to a halt in one Northeast community. The historic town of Concord, Massachusetts has enacted a ban on the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles (of one liter or less), after a town meeting vote in April.

They're one of the first towns in the U.S. to make the bottles illegal. And yes, what they've done sounds pretty extreme -- but only at first.

Ultimately, it sounds like a brilliant idea -- and a step in the right direction, much like what Starbucks did today by offering customers a $1 reusable plastic tumbler. And I believe that, as local Concord activists have stated, banning the bottles will cut down on plastic waste and reduce the use of the fossil fuels used to make the bottles.

All right, confession time: I am ashamed -- yes, that's right, ashamed! -- to admit I do buy bottled water. I'm afraid of the known, reported toxins in our town's water. I have health conditions that could be exacerbated by certain pollutants, like heavy metals, or additives, like fluoride. On account of some of my health concerns, I also strive to be more alkaline so I buy higher pH, less acidic water. If my fiance and I owned our own home right now, we would have already installed one of those fancy water filtering systems. But we don't, so we're waiting, and I buy water in the meantime. And it's horrible, I know. But at least I buy the biggest bottles I can -- not the little guys Concord has outlawed.

So maybe I'm currently a total hypocrite, fine. But I still feel like any effort to reduce plastic waste is a good move. I try to make up for my bottled water consumption by refusing to accept plastic bags and always bringing my reusable bags to shop. I love that Seattle has a plastic bag ban, and I hope that spreads east. And Concord's got the right idea -- there really is no reason for these teensy weensy water bottles especially. (The mini ones that are like two sips worth drive me nuts!)

In the end, we'll adjust, adapt, bring our own bags to the store, and start using water filters and stainless steel water bottles. The bottom line is that when it comes to some of these items that are straight-up wasteful, it really is so easy to do away with them -- we'd be fools not to.

What do you think about banning bottled water?

by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Replies (41-48):
fliptopz4
by Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Most bottled water comes from a municipal source, meaning the same place your tap water comes from.


Sagen
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 9:58 PM

 "The historic town of Concord, Massachusetts has enacted a ban on the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles (of one liter or less), after a town meeting vote in April."


This means that the people of this town got together and decided to do this, if they are all ok with it then why should it bother anyone else.  This is the sort of government we should all strive for.  Local people making decisions to improve their local communities instead of big government telling everyone what to do.

keriley1
by New Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM

I refuse to drink our tap water. We live in the country and its nasty. We aren't supposed to make any baby bottles or baby food with it either, only bottled water and gallons of water. So, I would be someone going out of town to stock up on water bottles.

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Exactly. The government didn't come in and tell them how it's going to be. If that were the case, every town in MA would be like that. In my state, you can't buy to-go/take-out food in containers that have BPA in it. The people chose it to be this way, not the government.

Quoting Sagen:

 "The historic town of Concord, Massachusetts has enacted a ban on the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles (of one liter or less), after a town meeting vote in April."

This means that the people of this town got together and decided to do this, if they are all ok with it then why should it bother anyone else.  This is the sort of government we should all strive for.  Local people making decisions to improve their local communities instead of big government telling everyone what to do.


Aurorasmom
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 8:27 PM

id be very upset because i do buy bottled water...i pay the fee when i buy it, and then i recycle our bottles once a month. the tap water here is awful.

silverdawn99
by Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM

i would hate it here

the tap water here tast horrilbe

and my hometown it literally smelled like rotten eggs

TigressLily
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM

I don't understand the point of banning water except to see if they can get away with it so they can try to get away with bigger things. It makes no sense though to ban water.

sparky1006
by Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Well I m not certain.We have hard water and it tastes nasty.We did the testing an had the water company come out.

They said,yes you have hard water(duh) did I not say that.You can see stuff floating in a glass of water

It would be better if you choose bottles water or put a filtration unit in.Well

We did put a filtration unit in PUR fauset replacement filter with cartridges.Well that was really to costly and then the facet mount broke defective.So then my husband got a under the counter and done it himself.It was handy and still is weve had it going on 10 years.Every so oftrn we get 2 filters that lasts a long time.Yes I still buy bottle water. Just in case we go out of town.

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