Plastic water bottle free Bristol

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Moderation reason: Thank you for submitting and sharing your idea. Our Festivals, Community Arts and Film team are working with the Green Capital Waste Action Group to see how we can support initiatives to reduce litter, particularly at public events, including the reduction in the use of plastic water bottles during 2015 and beyond. To find out how to get involved in their work next year go to http://bristolgreencapital.org/waste-action-group/.

Bristol will be the European Green Capital in 2015 - what more effective way to show the world we are serious about this award than to make the city plastic bottle free too. Other communities have already done this-see Concord Massacusetts for an example.

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Bottled water companies have managed to persuade many people in the UK (and elsewhere) that tap water is not good enough to drink and that their 'purified' water is healthier. UK tap water has to pass many many health checks and while occassionally it might not be the tastiest, it has a very low carbon footprint compared to bottled water: extracting the 'mineral' water, purifiying it, bottling it, transporting it...all for a few minutes of thirst quenching (not to mention disposal issues)!

Exact figures are hard to come by regarding the number of plastic water bottles are thrown away each day in the UK but it is about 15 million per day (this is all plasic bottles not just water containers). This is a heck of a lot of petrochemical based material to throw away every day that could be avoided if we just went back to drinking tap water...and it is free!

by lucypedler on December 09, 2013 at 05:46PM

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  • Posted by ideax December 13, 2013 at 16:22

    Have you seen one juggernaught with Evian on it's side heading north, pass another with Highland spring water on it's side heading south, pass each other on the M1?
  • Posted by Cevans December 14, 2013 at 16:16

    No sane person would buy a bottle of water
    Some people seem to be unable to walk around Bristol without a supply of water !!
  • Posted by jseymour December 19, 2013 at 14:58

    There is no justification for bottled water: massive ecological footprint and fat profits for unethical companies exploiting the gullible. Great idea.

    Those who feel they can't survive without sipping water every few minutes should buy re-usable containers and fill them with tap water, which, as this contributor suggests, has to pass higher standards - higher than the bottled water, I believe.
  • Posted by Alecrai January 03, 2014 at 15:59

    We could build water fountains around the city centre!
  • Posted by abh January 08, 2014 at 12:16

    I think reinstating some drinking water fountains around the city would go a long way to solving this problem, along with work done by Frank Water selling reusable bottles to raise £ for charity, at events round the city.

    Also covered to this idea: http://georgesideaslab.dial[…]ome-water-fountains-going-1
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