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Stop Buying Bottled Water

January 23, 2011

Over 100 million litres of oil are used each year to manufacture the bottled water sold in Australia. That translates into 126,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

To be welcomed, then, that the University of Canberra is banning its sale, asking students to consider reducing water bottle sales by 140,000 per year by the simple alternative of refilling bottles.

A few years ago I gave up the practice of buying a bottle every time I went for a workout, instead investing on-line in a 32 oz Nikken PiMag Carry Mate made of top grade material that won’t leach chemicals into the water it holds ( and that’s a health argument on top of the environmental ).

Here’s a challenge : that we each lobby an institution to follow the example of the university. (There are two I have in mind ).

The hardest part of the environmental challenge is to deliver a reduction in consumption. This appears to be one of the most feasible.

A few years ago in Washington a friend took me to a breakfast meeting of Rightwing advisers and activists, a network of Republican policy wonks seeking to co-ordinate their campaigns. First item on the agenda – how to resist and reverse the campaign against bottled water.

I knew I was on the right track.

  1. Nicholas permalink
    January 23, 2011 1:34 pm

    Mr. Carr

    I am curious as to why the Republican wonks would actively oppose the campaign against bottled water. If you could explain the mentality of those at this meeting and elaborate on the motivations of such political action generally I would be very interested and grateful.

    Thank you,

    • Bob Carr permalink
      January 23, 2011 1:47 pm

      They were, I guessed, on the payroll of the bottled water companies. They were trying to turn it into a campaign against over-regulation, using “nanny state” references heavily. I don’t know how the argument has fared in the US.

      • January 25, 2011 7:58 pm

        Mr. Carr,

        How do you expect hard working Labor party activists to go out campaigning for the NSW state election in the searing summer heat without the cherished respite of an ice cold bottle of water from a local shop? Not only does this keep hydration levels up but simultaneouly it supports local small businesses!

      • Bob Carr permalink
        January 25, 2011 9:24 pm

        I don’t. Simply have your own bottled refilled from the tap at home. Re-use the same bottle and minimize all that waste and greenhouse gas.

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