Banning Bottled Water Is a Brilliant Move

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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?

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nonmember avatar nikki

So what happens if your city water gets tainted? The plastic water bottles are incredibly handy when you are traveling across the country as we do at least 3 times a year. We do fill up the girls stainless steel water bottles when we go.

Is it realistic?

NewMo... NewMomma.S

Maressa, try the eSpring water purification system. It takes out metals and also things like pharmaceutics from the water. It's pretty small and you can take it with you when you move.

I think bottled water is horrible. Plastic NEVER breaks down. Banning the crap as much as possible is a great idea. (And sorry but it really is crap so I used the word!)

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

I use the water cooler in my house but the bottle is reusable

Flori... Floridamom96

Why is government force always the answer to things you think are a good idea?

fleur... fleurdelys3110

This is a consumer choice issue. Governmental regulation has no place in this. The most they can do is educate people about polluting and plastic but leave it up to the consumers. Or perhaps this town could institute a mandatory recycling rule. How are plastic water botes harmful if they are recycled?

Reepi... Reepicheep.CSL

Yes, let's let the government step in and start banning things.

Honestly, ify town banned water bottles I would just buy them in another town.

I use them, refill them and reuse them until they are unable to be used again.

I tried buying the stupid reusable bottles, but they are too much money for something that has the potential to be left behind or lost.

I am an adult and I can choose what receptical I drink my water out of.

PonyC... PonyChaser

So what are they going to do when people who would have bought a bottle of water just go ahead and buy a bottle of Diet Pepsi, instead? Or WORSE (since you're such a fan of banning things)... <dun-dun-dun> REGULAR Pepsi! Then not only will you have the empty Pepsi bottle that is left over, that person has just drunk a bottle of full-sugar OBESITY CAUSING evil soda pop!!

Perhaps we should just ban convenience stores. After all, isn't that were most of this stuff comes from? The plastic bottles, the plastic bags... all of it?

Oh, and Starbucks has had the "save ten cents when you use your own cup" program for YEARS.

nonmember avatar Zach

Hey there, adult, it's a receptacle, not a receptical.

PonyC... PonyChaser

And I have to re-ask this question over here (I posted it on your starbucks post, as well)...

You think this "ban plastic water bottles" ban is brilliant because we use too much plastic, and yet, you think the whole "starbucks selling PLASTIC cups to cut down on paper waste" (which is biodegradable, by the way, and a renewable resource) is a great idea?

Nice contradiction. Whatever is in that Kool-aid you're drinking? You should probably put it down and walk away.

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