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.
Why the contribution is important
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 user198143 on December 09, 2013 at 05:46PM