American Town Bans Bottled Water

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Photo: Ten Thousand Bullets (CC)

Is this the beginning of the end for plastic bottles of water? Is there hope that the Great Pacific (and Atlantic) Garbage Patch might stop growing? Here at disinformation we’re sensitized to the issues as we’ll soon be releasing the movie Tapped on DVD, but could this ban be going to far, too soon? Report from The Boston Channel:

The town of Concord has banned the sale of bottled drinking water in town beginning in 2011. “We only have one planet and I just don’t want to see it spoiled,” said Jean Hill, who introduced the measure at Concord’s Town Meeting.

Hill said that New York, Illinois and Virginia, as well as more than 100 cities, have taken action to cut spending on bottled water.

The measured passed by Concord would allow the sale of refillable containers of water, which could still be sold and delivered in town. Only plastic bottles that companies cannot reuse would be banned.

“Water is something we can get from the faucet. You can’t turn your faucet on and get soda,” said Selectwoman Virginia McIntyre, explaining why other plastic bottles would not be banned.

Supporters say the production of plastic water bottles uses 17 million barrels of oil each year. The beverage industry opposes the measure. “If you think about the fact that our bottles are getting smaller and if you think about the fact that our bottles are going into the recycle bins in Concord, it’s a crazy policy,” said Ralph Crowley of Polar Beverages…


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13 Comments on "American Town Bans Bottled Water"

  1. E.B. Wolf | May 5, 2010 at 8:01 am |

    While I certainly understand, and agree, with Concord's decision to ban bottled water; it looks like a dream story for FOX news and the legion of CONservative propagandists to peddle as an example of “big government taking away their freedom.”

  2. Fox News will peddle anything they can, using a viewpoint only Fox News could come up with.
    In reality, bottled water is being sold a bundle of goods we don't need. Big corporation has “convinced” us bottled water is better, never mind it often the same thing as what comes from the tap. The water from the tap is fine, it can easily be filtered for better taste, and a whole lot cheaper.

    • E.B. Wolf | May 5, 2010 at 9:54 am |

      I agree. But judging from sales of the stuff there is a huge block of consumers who either don't realize this or, worse yet, don't give a shit.

  3. While I'm all for getting rid of plastic bottles, I don't think this law will really achieve much in that regard.
    The proportion of water to other plastic bottled beverages is quite small. And there's nothing to stop the companies that produce bottled water from adding some colored syrup to their product and calling it “Mightyade” or something.
    I'm also wary of using plastic containers over and over again.
    So how do we get rid of plastic bottles? I don't think glass is the answer.

  4. I hope everyone at Disinfo is celebrating, your new film will aid in this ban happening in every city. Gov't approved tap water is all we should be allowed to drink, we are all too dumb and greedy to want to drink fresh, clean water.

    I've recently discovered why your new film doesn't bother attacking all the other forms of disposable plastics we abuse. I just found out soda bottles are good for the environment and they actually make the floating garbage cities grow magic grass on top of them, making them inhabitable for the merpeople to sunbathe on.

    This is a day of Victory for the viral spread of Disinformation! Disinfo! Disinfo! Disinfo!

  5. Banning bottled water is all well and good, but how's the quality of their tap water? If it's the kind of shit that'll give you chemical burns I'd stick with some Evian

  6. Banning bottled water is all well and good, but how's the quality of their tap water? If it's the kind of shit that'll give you chemical burns I'd stick with some Evian

  7. Environmentalist totalitarianism is still totalitarianism.

    • Raybutlers | Aug 2, 2010 at 9:48 am |

      …and what do we say about the private power held by beverage companies to package beverages that we never asked for? Name-calling does nothing to help the cause of democracy.

    • “There ought to be limits to freedom.” – George W. Bush

  8. While I agree with the environmental reasons for banning bottled water, I don't know that an all-out ban is the answer, because it does tend to make people angry when their freedom to choose is taken away. Here's an article that presents both sides of the issue, in case anyone is interested. A link to the blog is at the top of the page, and you can comment through there as well as vote on the poll on the right:

    • Raybutlers | Aug 2, 2010 at 9:47 am |

      It is NOT freedom to choose when you don't have a say as to how much plastic goes into YOUR environment. The essence of democracy is having a say and consumers clearly have no say whatsoever in what beverage companies choose to sell. The consumer economy is the opposite of “choice”. No one asked for bottled water nor Froot Loops nor biscuits in a can. These decisions were made without our input and manufactured as a desire.

  9. “There ought to be limits to freedom.” – George W. Bush

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