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Bottled water ban

Bottled water ban ‘stupid’

Below is a few paragraphs from the article from the 10th October 2011 about the VCA part of the University of Melbourne banning the selling of bottled water on campus and installing more drinking fountains the free access to water.

“Last week, the VCA announced it would stop selling bottled water at its Southbank campus in a bid to reduce its environmental footprint. The university has installed 10 new drinking fountains instead.

The Australasian Bottled Water Institute’s chief executive, Geoff Parker, said the ban would not only create a ”nanny campus” but questioned the environmental benefits of the decision.

”If they are serious about reducing their environmental footprint, they probably need to ban soft drinks and coffee and just about every other commercial beverage other than bottled water, which has one of the lowest environmental footprints of any beverage,” Mr Parker said.”

So what do we think Victoria?

Bundy votes on bottled water ban

Well its been awhile since I have last posted, have had an unexpected family reunion as my grandma is quite sick and all the relatives have flown over from NZ while she is in hospital. So my blog has been far too quiet for the moment, luckily though I know have this to post up.

NSW town pushed to ban bottled water

“I put a little article – ‘Does Bundanoon have the bottle to go bottled water free?’ – in our local newsletter. I guess we have gone on from there,” he said.

“Huge amounts of resources are used to extract, bottle and transport that bottled water, and much of the package ends up as litter or landfill,” he said.

“So environmentally it makes no sense and that is what we are trying to do in Bundanoon, is show that a community can live without single use bottled water.”

Govt jumps on bottle ban bandwagon

The measure comes hot on today’s news that the NSW Southern Highlands town of Bundanoon is set to become the first community in Australia to ban the sale of bottled water.

The Premier says the move will save taxpayer money and help reduce the impact on the environment of producing and throwing away plastic bottles.

Mr Rees is also planning a public campaign to discourage the use of bottled water by the wider community.

Residents in Bundanoon are meanwhile preparing to vote on their town’s plan to ban local shops from selling plastic bottles of water at a community meeting tonight.

Local businesses in the town of 2,500 people are proposing to replace the bottles with reusables and then offer directions to filtered water fountains that will be installed on the main street.

On the ABC News Incase you don’t want to read stuff

From the herald sun

Australians spent about $500 million on bottled water in 2008, a 10 per cent increase on 2007.

“These plastic bottles are everywhere,” Mr Rees said.

“It’s not just the direct plastic bottle that causes the physical reality in our local environment.

“Bear this in mind, you take a 600ml plastic bottle, 200ml of oil has gone into its production.

“That’s leaving aside the C02 that comes from transporting it around the place.”

Bottled water has been banned in ministerial offices at Governor Macquarie Tower in Sydney’s CBD since Mr Rees became premier last year.

Environmental group Do Something! welcomed the government and Bundanoon bans, saying they could be the catalyst for change in the community.

“The bottled water industry has managed to convince people that bottled water is somehow pure or better for you than water you drink out of the tap,” he said.

“But we have amongst the best tap water in the world.”

The Age:

Stay tuned…

I have being busy working on my book, hopefully I can put up something to show everyone tomorrow its very time consuming.

I have also been doing a bit more reading and found this website I have taken two main quote that I thought point out a few good issues. The first is a GPS system of telling where the location of drinking fountains are, if this is something that is really needed the council should be reconsidering the locations. The second is who owns the water, is it acceptable to pay only $2.05 per mega-litre of water a year doesn’t this water belong to a community and then selling it off at $3 a bottle in most food outlet stores?

“David Prater’s current project involves mapping Melbourne’s bubblers (drinking fountains, for the uninitiated), with a view to forcing local councils to repair the faulty ones. he’s toying with an online listing of bubblers, a partnership with a savvy travel guide book company, or possibly an alliance with mobile phone companies and GPS technology providers (who could potentially locate the functional bubblers and alert drinkers as to their whereabouts). He edits Cordite and always carries at least one litre of water wherever he goes.”

“While unfortunately we never did get around to completing (hey, let alone starting) this project, I do think that our city’s bubblers should be preserved for everyone. So I’m very glad that Patrick has taken on this important mission. Let’s face it, as Patrick points out on the site (and in a letter published in last Saturday’s The Age), “… Coca-Cola Amitil pay the shire [of Hepburn] $2.05 per mega-litre of water, which equates to about $95 per year for endless amounts of water. This is theft.”

As I am collating information from my survey I just thought I would put up some of the answers the bottled water alliance received, they interviewed 1000 people (something that I can’t do due to time) though it doesn’t say the location or ages demographic of people.

Perceptions of bottled water
* Over 89% or respondents said they believe bottled water is a costly marketing con, with over 97% saying they believe it is overpriced.
* 80% believe that water has become a fashion accessory for the image conscious. (What does a fashion accessory mean? Are we drinking certain brands over others? Buying the nicer looking bottles? I know we are buying more bottled water these days but I think its more to do with marketing and being a product choice with meals, not that its fashionable.)
* 73% think that people who buy expensive water are naive.
* Over 77% do not believe that bottled water is safer and cleaner than filtered tap water.
* Over 76% were concerned about the impact of bottled water litter on beaches during the summer. (A hard question to interpret as it could be more to do with the visual waste than environmental)
* Over 85% said they did not believe bottled water should cost as much as petrol. (I have no idea why this isn’t almost at 97% (to match the over priced figure) as people always say petrol is over priced and that includes taxes in it. I bet they complain about their water bill when it comes in too.)

Consumption of bottled water
* The current economic turmoil has caused 40% to reconsider buying bottled water. (I don’t think this question is really accurate as those who can afford to buy bottled water every day, say one bottle at $2 would equal $730 wouldn’t stop, as they are least likely to be affected. A person who generally only spends $10 a month wouldn’t have to change their lifestyle at all to fit in one less bottle.)
* 74% of people surveyed report that they spend up to $10 a month on bottled water, while close to 16% say they spend between $11 and $20 per month.

Bubblers/Drinking fountains
* Over 78% percent of people believe there are not enough bubblers available to the public.
* 90% do not know where their local water bubblers are, and do not believe they are easy to find. This is something I am looking into as I believe there needs to be more awareness that they exist and some logic to their location.
* 85% are concerned about the safety or cleanliness of public bubblers.
* 66% said that if greater number and quality of bubblers were available, they would buy less bottled water. This is very interesting, as this is what I am looking into, but it is worded “buy less” which can mean anything as what is buy less, one less bottle, refill up old bottles?

Alternatives to bottled water
* A total of 93% said they used a refillable water bottled at least occasionally, with 22% using them always, and 34% using them most of the time they want a drink.
* Nearly 70% use, or are considering buying, a home water filter.

Drinking old bottled water.

Well we all know not to drink from old water bottles as they degraded the bottle, but I though I would give it a go and see if the water does actually taste different, which I discovered was a bad mistake. Having found an old water bottle from my car (unlike Brittany who had 26 bottles in her car before the clean out, its something which we all seem to do) I had to bottles one empty and one that had a mouthful at the bottom. After my mouthful I could taste the plastic, we all know the taste, as when something is new and plastic it has the odor and as you smell you taste very unpleasant. I thin had the delight of plastic granules in my mouth sort of like the feeling of sand in your teeth rough and unpleasant. So now with my shorted life thanks to drinking plastic, I can conform don’t use old water bottles and drink old water.

Manly beach drinking fountains

Can new-look fountains beat the plastic bottle?

THEY were once the yuppy accessory of choice, but the days of the plastic water bottle may be numbered. If a national campaign initiated by a group of Sydneysiders is a success, the humble drinking fountain will take its place.

Fountains offering free filtered water have been installed along Manly beach as part of a bid by the local council to slash bottle use and associated litter.As part of the pitch, filtered water company Culligan Australia — which provided free filters for the six Manly bubblers — will offer councils free filter equipment and half-price replacement filters into the future.

Mr Dee has form — he was the head of Planet Ark when it spearheaded the campaign against plastic bags. He concedes water fountains have an image problem — they often don’t work or are thought to be germ-infested — but he says this is why the Alliance is urging councils to upgrade their fountains, even if they don’t embrace filters.

“The aim is to reduce bottled water use by 20% over two years, or the equivalent of $100 million in market value,” Mr Dee said.

Municipal Association of Victoria president Dick Gross — who also chairs the National Packaging Covenant Council, which aims to reduce packaging waste — described the Manly initiative as “a very innovative and exciting idea” and said he hoped Victoria councils would follow. He said funding could be sought from private sources.

Liquid Gold

Here is what 60 minutes has to say about bottled water and tap water in Australia.

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The last bit from bottled water

Ok well I am sure there is enough on bottled water up on here but as with all research I do it seems I stumble across a few more articles, and well if I am to keep everything in one spot I thought I would post them up.

Bottled water the ‘new eco-disaster’

About 550 million litres were consumed in 2004-05, according to the Australian Beverage Council, with most purchases being made in addition to soft drinks, rather than replacing them.

Environmental scientist Tim Grant said it was “counter-intuitive” that bottled water was such a successful product. “People pay $2.50 for something that’s free,” he said.

“In contrast to tap water, which is distributed through an energy-efficient infrastructure, transporting bottled water long distances involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels,” she said.

In Australia, the energy cost of buying water instead of drawing it from a tap was comparable to driving a car, said Mr Grant, who is the assistant director of design at RMIT University.

While driving a car for one kilometre used four megajoules of energy, drinking a 600-millilitre bottle of water used 1.5 megajoules, when the transport costs were included. By contrast, drinking water out of a tap used only 0.2 megajoules, Mr Grant said. And when they are no longer wanted, water bottles were taking up space in landfill sites.

Mount Franklin – greenwashing or not?

Message on a bottle labelled as greenwash
Coca-Cola pays Landcare Australia $150,000 to plant 250,000 trees to offset greenhouse gas emissions generated by the manufacture and distribution of 8 million plastic bottles.

Mount Franklin dominates the $544 million bottled water market and is an expert in marketing campaigns that tap into community issues: its pink lid campaign to pledge $1 for cancer research for every wish made through its website is one of the most successful marketing campaigns in recent history.

“One has to ask the question whether Coke has done this deal to distract attention away from the serious environmental questions that are now being asked of the bottled water industry. In particular the issues of water sourcing and the climate, waste and litter impact of bottled water, as well as the extremely low recycling rate for plastic water bottles.

“Given the current level of criticism being levelled at the bottled water industry, even the less cynical could be forgiven for thinking that this is just a greenwash exercise.”

Bottled Guilt

Eastern Garbage Patch, an oceanic anomaly estimated to cover an area roughly the size of Texas (678,051sq/km), and growing. “Bottles, bottle caps, wrappers, fragments… For the past 50 years, plastics that have made their way into the Pacific Ocean have been fragmenting and accumulating as a kind of floating sewer,” Moore wrote. The ocean’s plastic soup gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘bottled water’.

Australians consume roughly 360 million litres of the stuff a year.

We clutch our bottles of spring water at the gym. We guzzle litre-and-a-half bottles to keep our skin looking good. We order it in restaurants, we expect it served to us on flights and we complain loudly when the office water cooler hasn’t been replaced. The 600ml water bottle is as integral an accessory to our lives as the mobile phone.

http://www.bottledwateralliance.com.au

There is lots of information and articles up on this site so have a read through to discover more.

Bottled water in green groups’ sights
A coalition of environmental and community groups has launched a campaign to stop Australians drinking bottled water. The Bottled Water Alliance will initially try to influence drinking habits around the country by asking local councils to stop providing bottled water to workers and at functions.

Battle of the bottle
The battle over the bottle has intensified with another Sydney council voting to ban bottled water from functions.

Ashfield Council has joined Manly and Blacktown councils in the war on plastic, announcing bottled water will no longer be provided after existing supplies run out.

“They can’t ban bottled water. Bottled water is a legal product which is wanted by consumers.

“If local councils were really committed to the communities they serve perhaps they should look at providing their community with more bubblers and make sure they are kept clean.

Disaster in a bottle

“When aquifers are under pressure from a variety of interests, sucking water out of them and bottling it for a quick buck is probably not a great idea,” Bones says.

But bottlers say they take only a tiny fraction. Coca-Cola Amatil, which bottles the leading brands Mount Franklin and Pump, has even supported calls by hydrogeologists for national reform of groundwater management.

“Responsible stewardship of water, both mains and spring water, is something we take extremely seriously,” a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola, Sally Loane, says. “Coca-Cola Amatil strictly monitors, measures and studies its water sources to ensure their sustainability.”