I'm not quite sure how I missed this tidbit of news, as it came out back in April.
Concord, Massachusetts, home to Walden Pond and the original concord grapevine, has banned the sale of bottled water starting in 2011. The measured will only allow the sale of refillable containers of water, which could still be sold and delivered in Concord.
The effort was lead by Jean Hill, an 80-something-year old activist. She lobbied neighbors and officials on the serious environmental consequences of plastic bottles filling landfills and creating more pollution.
The International Bottled Water Association released this statement about the ban. I didn't even KNOW there was an International Bottled Water Association! Their entire website made my blood boil. Additionally, Joe Doss, president of the IBWA said: "We obviously don’t think highly of the vote in Concord. Any efforts to discourage consumers from drinking water, whether tap water or bottled water, is not in the best interests of consumers. Bottled water is a very healthy, safe, convenient product that consumers use to stay hydrated." [source] Oh, okay, Mr. Doss. ... read more