There is a trend in colleges, businesses, and some entire cities to ban the sale of bottled water. We feel an obligation to speak up and take a stand against this idea.
There seem to be some public leaders out there that feel as if they know what is best for you. They have decided that they can dictate your choices when it comes to beverage consumption. Their thought is to limit the availability of the planet’s healthiest beverage to a population that is slowly killing itself with sugar intake. Apparently, it is a wiser idea to offer our obese, diabetic citizens soda, juices, and sports drinks rather than hydrating, calorie-free water. Because you (the citizens) can drink from (poorly maintained) water fountains.
Perhaps the only thing we agree with is that you should try to plan ahead and bring a reusable bottle. But like you, we are not perfect. Picture this, you are at work, school, the mall, the airport, a sporting event… and you are thirsty. You have forgotten your reusable bottle or it may be dirty. There are no water fountains, what are your choices? Now that the ban has been passed you have no choice but to buy a soda, sports drink or sugary juice
To that leader, our question is…why not ban soda and kill two public issues with one stone…landfill issues and obesity? After all, soda bottles are tossed into the trash at an astonishingly higher rate than water bottles. Why not ban all drinks in plastic bottles?
As with any problem, this solution is only a band-aid. And it is a freedom of choice limiting band-aid. The bigger issue of recycling is what should be addressed. Perhaps guiding individuals to make good choices and at the same time have a healthy thirst-quenching option available to them if needed in a pinch.
Finally, there are other options available. Read this article about waste-free water options.