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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 (11-20):
Diamondblue1
by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 1:15 AM
I buy bottled waters i just got 3 cases:)
bmom2
by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 2:08 AM

i buy bottel water 3 case + a week (we do reuse the bottles well most of them) we don't drink soda only water juice are milk. we get the bottle water due to the fact even with the best filter the water still tastes and smells like rust. in fact most people in my town only drink bottle water due to that.

okada
by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 2:45 AM

 I don't buy a lot of bottled water

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KsenijaR
by New Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Nowadays there are lots of ways to recycle plastic bottles, so I don't think that they should be banned. Ban is a too aggressive measure. I believe that the best solution is to include a certain additional fee in the cost of each plastic bottle, which is returned to a customer if he brings this bottle to a place of collection of plastic packaging. That's how it works in many European countries and this system proved to be successful.


Shopsha0911
by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

I think it's stupid, they can use biodegradable bottles instead of a ban. We have our own well and I just prefer the taste of bottled water tthere is nothing wrong with my well water. So are they going to ban bottles soda, coffee, sports drinks?

GertieK
by Silver Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Hang in there, and wait just a bit.   It will happen - that or something similar.  Too many people are living in lala land.  It's like a worm in an apple.  It may be just a tiny little hole, and doesn't look so bad, but you cut the apple open and the whole thing is rotten inside.  We have a govt who has completely eroded the inside of our government, and is rotten to the very core.  Sadly, bunches of folks welcomed this whole thing with open arms, because they thought they wouldn't have to worry about taking care of themselves any more.  Taking the whole country down with them.

Quoting Shopsha0911:

I think it's stupid, they can use biodegradable bottles instead of a ban. We have our own well and I just prefer the taste of bottled water tthere is nothing wrong with my well water. So are they going to ban bottles soda, coffee, sports drinks?


Shopsha0911
by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

On many of the college campuses I have visited with my children they are only using biodegradable bottles and ask the students to bring their own refillable bottle to school. What they don't tell you is you need to bring a filter container when you move in to filter all the chemicals out the water. Most of the schools have a high percentage of chlorine int he water source to help prevent additional germs. 

coupon_ash_back
by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Not because of the environment but because of the health factor. It's so unhealthy, just watch "tapped" on Netflix,
alaskanewbie
by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Last summer we had two boys playying soccer on different teams. We spent over $300 dollars on bottled water. By July I banned them from our house. I bought a filter and a Nalgene bottle for each person in the house. I spent about $80 on all the stuff. Now that we are into hockey, we love our reusable bottles and I like that we are saving so much. Also, I have noticed that we have to take out the trash a lot less and I am not picking bottles up from the floor boards in the car.

illinoismommy83
by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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Here is the thing though... if you grab a bottle of water at the check out you will drink it. Water is so healthy and good for us. If you gotta fill a bottle and wait for it to get cold in your fridge you will lose interest. The grab and go encourages water consumption.

So the ban will just make people grab a Coke instead of a water. Yay, fatter Americans.

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