San Francisco - First American City to Ban Bottled Water
Last month San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban bottled water. Over the next four years, the ban will phase out the sales of plastic water bottles that hold 21 ounces or less in public places. Waivers are permissible if an adequate alternative water source is not available.
Think Outside the Bottle Campaign
was leading this push. The campaign promotes, protects and ensures public funding for our public water systems and challenges the misleading marketing of the bottled-water industry.
The American Beverage Association, which includes Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo, said in a statement that the ban was “nothing more than a solution in search of a problem. This is a misguided attempt by city supervisors to decrease waste in a city of avid recyclers.”
We would why they would say such a thing...ehm hem...check out the gif below.
A few of Think Outside the Bottle's victories according to their website include:
A few of our victories so far:
27 colleges and university campuses have cut spending on bottled water and more than 100 have taken steps towards going bottled water free.
6 states have begun phasing-out purchases of bottled water with taxpayer dollars.
More than 75 national parks have gone bottled water free.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, representing more than 1,200 cities, has resolved to encourage cities to phase-out city spending on bottled water.
Communities from Wacissa, Fla. to McCloud, Calif. have blocked Nestlé from bottling their water sources.
A June 2014 Harris Interactive poll found that 34 percent of respondents had “Switched to refillable water bottle instead of purchasing bottles of water.”
And for your viewing pleasure, a kid sucking the water right out of a bottle of water.