New York City is raging against salt, large sodas, and baby formula, allegedly for health reasons. San Francisco bans plastic grocery bags (as do many Eastern LI towns), they regulate Happy Meal toys for sustainability and they have their eye on halting circumcisions because they’re crazy.
San Francisco is also the city that wants to install GPS in cars so they can monitor peoples’ travel and then tax them for it. It has the added benefit of getting people out of their cars and into public transportation, which is another liberal goal. That is a cancer that will spread to all liberal states fairly quickly. [the Blaze]
Is the future banning of bottled water a necessity or more nannyism?
The latest law to encourage use of refillable containers comes out of San Francisco. Their ultimate goal is to ban bottled water.
San Francisco is a hardcore environmentalist city and they do not like plastic water bottles. The first step they are taking is to require new buildings with water fountains to install special bottle-filling taps.
That would be the same water that comes out of your kitchen sink which is what bottled water drinkers don’t want to drink. They also don’t want anything to do with public fountains where so many have been before.
Business owners see it as one more law to affect their bottom line. ‘It’s just one more new law that San Francisco is implementing on top of hundreds of other laws to make, rather force, compliance in sustainable practices.’
San Fran’s Supervisor Chiu says plastic water bottled are ‘bad for the environment’ and take up landfill space which cause greenhouse gas emissions and people should use cheap tap water. San Fran city departments have been banned from buying plastic water bottles since 2007.
Chiu is also considering a fee or complete ban on the plastic bottles.
Environmentalist groups cheer the move.
Chris Hogan, an International Bottled Water Association spokesman, said his industry contributes a small fraction of worldwide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. He welcomed efforts to encourage drinking tap water, but said they don’t require demonizing bottled water.
‘When you make the argument to discourage people from drinking bottled water, you are removing the healthiest option when it comes to choosing a bottled beverage,’ Hogan said.
We will know in September if Chiu’s law passes.
One more law in our nanny state.
Source: Daily Mail
FIJI believes their bottled water has a zero carbon footprint and saves calories.
FIJI Water became the first bottled water company to publish its carbon footprint in 2007. Since then, the company has emphasized its commitment to the environment and transparency.
FIJI Water says its product is actually carbon negative, claiming the production of a single one-liter bottle results in the reduction of 115 grams of CO2 equivalent units (eq). The company plans to reduce its CO2 emissions by 25% over the next three years, convert to 50% renewable energy by 2010, and is pursuing recycling and reforestation programs on the island of Fiji.
They also have a program to recycle the bottles. FIJI says that a consumer can reduce the carbon footprint of a one-liter bottle of FIJI Water by 30% through the simple act of recycling the packaging.
Their packages use 55% recycled bottles.
THE BOTTOM LINE FOR FIJI
Environmentalists believe it is unjustified to bring water halfway around the world. FIJI believes that bottled water does not replace tap water. It replaces soda and sugary fruit drinks. They believe it contributes to healthy eating habits for an on-the-go society.
Barbara Chung, FIJI sustainability manager says that the Consumption of bottled water has helped eliminate nearly one trillion calories from our diets during each of the past two years – a triumph for health and good nutrition.
Bottled water, with the exception of purified water, is a natural product that requires no added ingredients or processing, while sodas and fruit-flavored beverages require farming and production of other raw materials that emit carbon, generate waste and require large amounts of water. As bottled water becomes a larger proportion of the beverage industry, it actually contributes to the overall greening of that industry.
Read more at Is It Green, an environmentalist site that interviewed Barbara Chung about their concerns.