Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Concord, Massachusetts to be the first U.S. town to ban bottles water! Who follows..?

Last week residents of Concord, Massachusetts voted to ban the sale of all bottled water by next January, making it the first U.S. town to take such action.

The effort was lead by Jean Hill, an 82-year old activist, who lobbied neighbors and officials alike on the consequences of plastic bottles filling landfills and polluting local waters. "All these discarded bottles are damaging our planet, causing clumps of garbage in the oceans that hurt fish, and are creating more pollution on our streets,'' says Hil. "This is a great achievement to be the first in the country to do this. This is about addressing an injustice.''

Of course, the $10 billion industry is less than thrilled with the news and has even threatened a legal challenge. They argue that singling out bottled water is unfair when "thousands of food, medicinal, beauty and cleaning products packaged in plastic." But this isn't the first time bottled water has been targeted.

More than 100 towns across the United States already prohibit spending city dollars on the product.

Text: Jerry James Stone, San Francisco, CA

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1 comment:

CAA said...

what do users think about using solar energy to power dehumidifiers to extract water from the air. then allowing it to get filtered in normal standing water filters with a UV light possibly to kill pathogens in the air?