Park Slope Food Co-op Banning Bottled Water?
The Park Slope Food Co-op will ban the sale of bottled water if its members vote to approve it. Bottled water has become a big environmental issue as an estimated 30 million bottles a day end up in landfills and manufacturing the bottle consumes an estimated 1.5 million barrels of oil a year. The Brooklyn Paper reports that the ban is expected to pass. A co-op member who started a discussion on the topic a couple of years ago via the Park Slope Parents group told the paper that "Bottled water is a completely unnecessary product for most people, and only serves to harm the environment." Many co-op members suggest a switch to good old-fashioned New York City tap water, which is actually subject to higher purity standards than those set by the Federal government for bottled water. The ban wouldn't apply to carbonated water or to other bottled beverages. Intense Park Slope debate to follow.