Seattle Says: Let them drink tap!
March 21, 2008
Last week, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announced a ban on city-funded bottled water in an effort to help the environmental cause. After spending 58,000 in taxpayer dollars on pre-packaged H2O last year, Mayor Nickels and his squad of green watchdogs took a look at the true cost of individual agua. According to their research, only one in 10 bottles finds its way to the recycling center; the rest, they presume, end up in the landfill.
Moreover, with such high-quality groundwater available in the Pac NW — Seattle’s city water comes from the Cedar River and Tolt River watersheds — it seems nonsensical to forsake the tap. Certainly, this initiative has received criticism; just check out the vitriol in the comments over at Collin Dunn’s TreeHugger post:
Sheesh, whatever happened to watching out for Big Brother?
And i thought we originally went to plastic because it was recyclable and good for environment! Time to stop using the ‘environment-friendly’ as a term for anti-capitalist!
Yikes. Check out the rest; see what you think.
Challenge time! Take the Think Outside the Bottle Pledge, and swear off the bottle. Green crusader Bill McKibben, “America’s #1 Populist” Jim Hightower, and even Papa Martin Sheen have taken the oath, along with a handful of U.S. cities. Care to take it with them?