Category Archives: Plastic Bottle Bans

Reusable Water Bottles are More Important Than Ever

plastic-freeSummer is in full swing, which means hot (and for our team here in Maine…humid) days are here to stay. More time outside in the heat and sun means that more people will be taking their hydration on the go. Drinking water and staying hydrated while outside in the sun are super important when trying to stay cool. We know that more people are reaching for their water bottle right now …but what kind of bottle are they reaching for? Unfortunately, for many it’s still a single-use plastic bottle rather than reusable water bottles. Continue reading

Custom Reusable Bottles: The Sustainable Option for You and Your Customer!

Reusable TumblerSustainability has been an extremely popular topic in recent years as more people become interested in climate change. We see “green” products being released in every industry as consumer trends lean towards more sustainable choices. No matter what industry your business may be in, finding sustainable options for promotional products is almost non-negotiable. This is especially true for brands that operate in the sustainability space. Custom reusable bottles are the perfect eco-friendly option that is effective for marketing and effective for sustainability. You can feel good knowing that reusable bottles actually make a difference. Let’s dive into some statistics that blew our team away and make us glad we use our reusable bottles too! Continue reading

No More Disposable Water Bottle Bans at National Parks

Since 2011, we have been talking about the National Park Service’s efforts to reduce waste, cut trash removal costs, and encourage the use of refillable bottles on federal lands. Twenty-three of the 417 sites, including the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Mount Rushmore, decided to outright prohibit the sale of disposable water bottles in shops, hotels and vending machines.

That all came to a screeching halt this week, as the NPS announced that, effective immediately, it will no longer allow water bottle bans at its parks. Continue reading

Reusable Water Bottle Fill Stations: San Francisco Businesses Join Forces

SFO Bottle fillerLast year, San Francisco strengthened its eco-conscious stance by passing an ordinance banning the sale of plastic water bottles on city-owned property. The measure, dovetailed with the city’s plastic bag ban, takes aim at single-use plastics in the city.

We’re actually not sure why anyone would opt out of using a reusable water bottle, as San Francisco has some of the best water in the world. It originates from pristine snowmelt in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park. Unlike bottled water, the city’s tap water costs less than half a penny per gallon, is quality tested over 100,000 times a year, and goes straight to the tap!

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Why Is National Park Service Slow to Adopt Plastic Water Bottle Bans?

In 2010, we told you about Colorado National Monument’s ban on the sale of disposable water bottles. What we didn’t tell you is that the ban nearly fell apart in the eleventh hour. Dasani Water made a big push to stop the ban—and almost succeeded—just days before it was to go into effect.
At the same time, National Park Service abandoned its plan to end disposable water product sales in 75 percent of all visitor facilities by 2016. Continue reading

High School Group Fights for Less Waste, More Reusable Water Bottles

water_bottle_fill_stationA group of 30 high school students in Kentucky banned together with some impressive allies to install reusable water bottle refilling stations in area high schools.

The Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council secured funding from Kentucky American Water and the FCPS Child Nutrition Department, and has been instrumental in replacing two water fountains at each school with the fill stations. The stations are located in the school cafeterias and in a second, high-traffic, location. They group is also encouraging students to bring reusable water bottles to school to reduce plastic waste in landfills.

After the first week of use, more than 3,600 reusable bottles were filled throughout five high schools, and usage has been increasing.

Reusable Water Bottles: Bring ‘Em to Colorado National Monument

The Colorado National Monument is turning to reusable water bottles to help the environment.
A spokesperson for the park said that a large percentage of waste on trails and roadways is attributed to single-use plastic water bottles. As a result the park has banned the sale of these water bottles. The move will also reduce the risk of park animals ingesting plastic.

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Single-Use Plastic Water Bottle Ban Proposed in Maine

single_use_water_bottlesOn Monday, a ban on single-use water bottle purchases by state and local governments was proposed to the Maine legislature. Proponents said it would save money and position Maine for a leadership role in a nationwide effort to reduce plastic bottle waste.

Rep. Ben Chipman, a Portland independent and co-sponsor of the bill, said the bill’s passage would result in less waste and send a positive message about the state’s public water supply.

Naturally, the proposal was met with opposition. Some claimed that the bill was written too broadly and failed to include a provision for emergency situations. Others downplayed the issue as minor in their state government.

The Maine Department of Transportation spends nearly $30,000 annually on bottled water—about half of all state spending on bottled water.

Proponents pointed to studies showing no substantial differences in the quality of bottled water and public water supplies. They also referred to a similar ban in San Francisco, which in 2007 prohibited city departments from purchasing bottled water, and Concord’s (MA) recent ban on single-serving water bottles within its town limits.

Massachusetts Teens Propose Plastic Water Bottle Ban

Every April at Arlington High School in Massachuestts, students in an environmental club talk to freshmen about the harmful effects of plastic water bottles. The talk is part of Earth Day activities at the school, and also includes a tap-versus-bottled water taste test (The students claim that 9 out of 10 kids prefer tap water).Plastic_Bottle_SeaNow three classmates in that club are fighting back against single-use plastic water bottles throughout their town.

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Plastic Bottle Bans: The New Normal?

nobottledwaterOn January 1, the town of Concord, Massachusetts, became the first municipality in the nation to ban the sale of single-serving water bottles smaller than 34 ounces.

The bill is the result of town activists—primarily town resident Jean Hill, 84. Hill told the New York Times in 2010, “The bottled water companies are draining our aquifers and selling it back to us.” She led two other attempts to ban the plastic bottles before the April measure passed the Town Council.

Stores that violate the ban and sell bottled water will receive a warning on the first offense, a $25 fine for the second, and $50 for each subsequent infraction. The ban would be suspended during emergencies.

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