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Recently I read an article about bottled water sales. I have to say I got that warm feeling inside when I read bottled water sales were down for the 2nd year in a row. The use of plastic water bottles makes my head spin (like one-use plastic bags). Why solve a temporary problem (water to drink) by creating an even bigger problem (plastic pollution)?
Here's a paragraph from the press release:
Bottled water wholesale dollar sales first exceeded $6 billion in 2000. By 2007, they topped $11.5 billion. Category sales declined to $11.2 billion the following year and to less than $10.6 billion in 2009.
Just to be clear, I am not happy to see companies experiencing declines in revenue. What I hope this will mean is that they rethink their product line to be more sustainable both financially and environmentally. Times are tough, but I see it as a positive sign of the times.
Let's bring back tap water and the drinking fountain! Wanna join my crusade? Comment on this post with a pledge to avoid plastic water bottles and our oceans will thank you (and so will I).
Founder of Harmony Art organic design.