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Concord Considering Banning Bottled Water

Dripping Water Bottle

How great is this? 82 year old grandmother Jean Hill has been rallying folks in Concord, Massachusetts around an ordinance to ban bottled water sales. According to Food and Water Watch:

Her work has made the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) concerned enough that they are challenging the legality of Hill’s town meeting ordinance. Their defense, which focuses on the use of recycled plastic in their product, seems a little empty. If 39 percent of your product is recycled, that means that 61 percent of your product is still ending up in landfills and oceans.

They also point to Jerry James Stone’s great article at Treehugger on the topic.

Want to learn a little bit more about the pitfalls of bottled water and ways to “take back the tap?” Check out our post on The Story of Bottled Water.

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2 comments
  1. Tom Lauria -- IBWA

    You should point out to your readers that Concord’s elected Selectmen voted to NOT enforce the ill-advised bottled water ban. It’s a moot point now. Food and Water Watch appear to be distorting the situation.

    1. Becky Striepe

      I’m not sure I agree that this ban is “ill advised.” The IBWA has a vested interest in “distorting the situation,” as you say, since a bottled water ban in any city would cut into your profits.

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