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Letter: Think Outside the Bottle for Earth Day

A local business owner is hoping to encourage other businesses to leave bottled water behind.

As a small business owner serving the Newton community, protecting the environment where we live and work is important to me. That's why 7ate9 Bakery took Corporate Accountability International's “Think Outside the Bottle” pledge to be a bottled water free establishment. 

Bottled water’s environmental impact is significant when one considers that we all have a low-impact alternative: the tap. Ounce for ounce, it takes nearly 2,000 times the energy to produce and distribute bottled water than it does for tap water.  Even industry studies admit the tap has a smaller energy footprint than bottled water.

Bottled water corporations have long tried to convince us that the only safe water comes in a bottle. But the truth is that public water is tested hundreds of times a month and is much more highly regulated than bottled water. Additionally, what you’re paying for in the bottle is frequently the same as what already flows from your tap: Nearly half of the bottled water sold in the U.S. (including Nestlé‘s Pure Life, Coke‘s Dasani, and Pepsi‘s Aquafina) comes from our tap water systems.

We’re lucky in and around Boston in that we have some of the best water in the world—but we have to protect it by reinvesting in our water systems. Luckily, this saves money in the long run and creates green jobs now. In recognition of Earth Day this weekend, I ask you to take the Think Outside the Bottle pledge and support the tap!

Sarah-Beth Chester
Owner, 7ate9 Bakery

Interested in sharing your opinion with Newton residents? Send your letters to the editor to Melanie.Graham@patch.com, or learn how to start your very own .

julie April 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Think outside the bottle and use reusable ones like swiggies, wrist water bottles http://www.swiggies.com.

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