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Get Bottled Water Pollution Out Of America’s National Parks!

Consumption of bottled water in the United States results in more than 1.5 million tons of plastic that’s just thrown away, not recycled, every year. 1.5 million tons of plastic is an awful lot – maybe too much for a human brain to picture. Imagine the world’s biggest skyscraper ever, looming high above the highest towers in the biggest cities. Imagine one of these being constructed every year, and that’s the amount of plastic we’re talking about – trashing up our country, floating down the streams, clogging up sewers, crunching underfoot in America’s greatest wildernesses.

representing plastic waste

Right now, most National Parks in the United States are actually encouraging people to litter with water bottles. National Parks are not just allowing people to bring disposable plastic bottles of water into the parks, the National Parks are themselves selling bottled water to hikers. Doing so may be profitable for National Park gift shops, but it helps to make a huge pollution problem even worse.

A campaign to replace sales of disposable bottles of water with sales of re-usable bottles at national Park gift shops is underway. You can do your part by writing a letter to the National Park Service, and by carrying a re-usable bottle for water whenever you visit a National Park yourself.

6 thoughts on “Get Bottled Water Pollution Out Of America’s National Parks!”

  1. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    This would be a non-issue if people just recycled the plastic bottles or threw them in the trash rather than littering.

    1. Green Man says:

      Yes, but they don’t. So, we need to make decisions based on the fact that they don’t. It’s not rational to keep expecting people to do what they have, time and time again, demonstrated that they will do.

      1. Stephen Kent Gray says:

        It’s an exaggeration to say they’re encouraging people to litter. Isn’t littering already illegal?

        Taking plstic bottles from people who don’t litter isn’t a good way to prevent litterers from littering.

      2. Stephen Kent Gray says:

        Green Man, you’re over generalizing.

        People can be divided into polluters and non-polluters or rather litterers and non-litterers. You assume that the evidence shows that everyone is in the former and no one is in the latter.

        We already have decisions based on the fact that some people litter and/or pollute, that’s why we have laws against it rather than going further into plastic bottle control legislation.

  2. Tom says:

    Not only that, but even the recycling process has a carbon footprint that’s becoming “expensive” to deal with (though still better than just dumping them everywhere):

  3. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    Some companies like Iceland Pure have started selling environmentally friendly eco bottles.

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