Friday, March 21, 2008

Seattle Kicks Bottle Habit

San Francisco banned it first, then Chicago decided to tax it. Now Seattle is taking a stand against bottled water. Mayor Greg Nickels recently signed an executive order to stop the city from buying it. What does this mean exactly? No more bottled water at city facilities and events.

Last year the city spent $58,000 on bottled water, not including the true cost and carbon footprint. But this ban isn't just saving the city money. It proves to be major statement of their confidence in the city's municipal water supply + treatment systems. During the press release, Nickels said, "The people of Seattle own one of the best water supplies in the country, every bit as good as bottled water and available at a fraction of the price. When you add up the tremendous environmental costs of disposable plastic bottles clogging our landfills, the better choice is crystal clear."

Perhaps more cities will follow suit...

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