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The Next Big Ban

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 5, 2013

Dear Editor,
    “It's immoral to let a sucker keep his money.” These words of con-man Canada Bill Jones should be the motto of the bottled water industry. Austin’s tap water is among the purest nationwide, but people still pay thousands of times more for bottled water. Your recent article about the plastics industry makes this issue even more urgent [“Eastman Wins; Jury Still Out on Plastic,” News, Aug. 2].
    Imagine your bottled water included about an inch of crude oil; that’s how much is needed to make the plastic. There’s even more greenhouse gas created in shipping and refrigeration. And as the article stated, we know very little about what plastics really do to our health. Meanwhile the environmental hazards could prove to be catastrophic as millions of tons of plastic garbage break down into tiny bits in our oceans.
    Bottled water is bad for Mother Earth. It has been banished from government offices in San Francisco and national parks. Concord, Mass. has gone one step further, banning all drinks in plastic bottles smaller than one liter.
    We must stop coating the planet with plastic garbage. Communities like Austin will lead the way. We banned single-use plastic bags and the sky didn’t fall on anybody’s head. Now we should join the growing movement to ban bottled water.
Chris Jones
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