Spin the Bottle: Water Bottle Ban

Wanna kiss up to the environment? Concord, Massachusetts is. Last week the town voted to ban the sale of all bottled water by next January – it’s the first town in the US to do so. Obvi, the water bottle industry has beef over this and is threatening legal action saying that thousands of items come packaged in plastic and bottled water is being unfairly targeted. However, there is no denying that plastic water bottles are terrible for the environment and your body. Americans buy an estimated 29.8 billion plastic water bottles every year and nearly eight out of every 10 bottles will end up in a landfill. Plus, the NRDC reports, water stored in plastic bottles for 10 weeks showed signs of phthalate-leaching. That’s something we wouldn’t want to swap spit with.

Greenista Cocktail Factoid: In the US, 60 million plastic bottles a day are manufactured, emitting greenhouse gases, then transported and thrown away, leaching synthetic chemicals into the earth via landfills. According to the Food and Water Watch, after producing and distributing bottled water it uses up to 2,000 times the amount of energy used to produce tap water.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photo by albertopveiga and Muffet

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6 Responses to “Spin the Bottle: Water Bottle Ban”

  1. Joe Laur says:

    It’s interesting that there’s this push to ban plastic water bottle, but on another page on your site, you promote cleaning products that also come in …drum roll…plastic bottles!
    The real issue is not the use of plastic so much as the wasting of this lightweight material. With new developments, plastics - the safe ones, like #1PET(polyester) #2 HDPE(milk bottles)#4 LDPE(sandwich bags) and #5 PP (yogurt containers)can be recycled many times, and should be. PET water bottles are much more recycled than PP yogurt cups, but no one squawks about yogurt. Shipping water beyond local sources is ridiculous, but the bottles themselves can be used again and again. And in airports and other places away from home they are often the best solution for a drink.It’s not all so simple or black and white, which is tough for us Americans.

  2. Allison says:

    I think the disturbing part is that people drink from a PET water bottle while standing next to the tap, where regulated water comes out for FREE. The water coming out of most taps is more regulated than the bottled water that people blindly trust (see Fiji Water V. Cleveland, where the city of Cleveland found arsenic in the bottled water after an ad campaign targeted tap water). We always buy the biggest size we can find instead of individuals and re-use them. I agree, reusing is always better than recycling!

  3. Tracey Facenda says:

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  5. Ovel Inad says:

    Hi, thanks so much for these tips! My blogs usually do bring readers and responses. One thing I do is engage with the readers. Answer questions in responses and make clarifications where needed. I think they appreciate that I take the time to talk to them.

  6. Brianne says:

    Thank you for your comment. We love your product and agree that there are a lot of changes that need to be made.

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