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Mount Rainier National Park Becoming Bottled Water Battleground

America's national parks have always been symbols of the country's relationship with the natural world, creating sanctuaries for wildlife and flora to thrive in safety. They've served as invaluable educational resources for countless visitors, drawn to the parks by a desire to see the way the woods, deserts, mountains, and wilderness really look. Given the capacity these national parks have to teach visitors about the environment, it seems fitting that Mount Rainier National Park has recently become a battleground for the plastic bottle debate. 

Coca-Cola Wins Case Against Recycling in Australia, Calls Police on Protesters

In an unsettling turn of events this weekend, Coca-Cola has won a Federal court case in Australia against a Northern Territory recycling scheme which was poised to help reduce the number of plastic bottles and products which currently trash the landscape. The court decision relates to an attempt in January of 2012 by the Northern Territory to institute a deposit scheme for used bottles and cans.

Poland Spring Bottles May be Contaminated By Gasoline

A disturbing warning issued by the New Hampshire department of health warns consumers to be wary of Poland Spring bottled water, which has been found to contain traces of gasoline contamination, the Huffington Post reports. According to an article written by Dominique Mosbergen, 3 and 5 gallon water bottles purchased after November 1st of last year may be contaminated by gasoline in the aftermath of the destruction caused by Super storm Sandy, and should be checked for fumes before consumption. Writes Mosbergen:

Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes into Effect

An article in the Huffington Post made the announcement that Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the first American communities to ban bottled water, the final result of three years of hard campaigning by environmental activists from the area. According to the article:

Carbonated Beverage Company Calls For No More Plastic Bottles

In an article posted to Forbes recently, a carbonated beverage company's CEO has proclaimed that bottled beverages should be eliminated, and is championing the cause with his own firm.

San Francisco Targets Plastic Bottles

On Friday, an article on the Huffington Post revealed that the city of San Francisco, California -- already an eco-conscious city for its regulation of plastic grocery bags -- is currently looking to add plastic water bottles to its list of environmental taboos through a new ordinance designed to limit their use. Fenit Nirappil, contributor to the Huffington Post, writes that this new ordinance would encourage the use of reusable bottles through the installation of new taps fitted for the purpose of refilling bottles. Nirappil writes that:

Saguaro National Park Bans Disposable Water Bottles

Saguaro National Park joined a growing number of parks and universities no longer using vending machines to sell disposable bottled water or soda on site. According to the EPA, over 1,125,000,000 pints of bottled water were sold in the United States in 2011. The EPA estimates that less than 15% of those plastic water bottles are recycled; the rest go into landfills or are discarded as litter. There are new water bottle filling stations located at each visitor center as well as the Rincon Mountain District bike ramada.

Location

3693 South Old Spanish Trail
Tuscon, Arizona 85730
United States
32° 10' 47.4096" N, 110° 40' 17.2668" W

Biased BPA coverage deprives public of key facts

Dr. Julie Goodman, Washington Examiner

Few chemicals have generated the controversy of bisphenol A, a building block for certain plastics and food can liners. The controversy continues in spite of recent studies that show that human exposures to BPA are far below levels that have been shown ... Read More.

The Story of Stuff: Bottled Water

The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industrys attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.

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