Whoo-hoo! The first town-wide ban of bottled water is in a tiny little town called Bundanoon, Australia. With only about 2,000 residents it will only have a small impact locally, but it could have big repercussions around the rest of the world. Cities like San Francisco and NY have passed ordinances banning their governments from buying water bottled in plastic, but Bundanoon is the first town to do so. While we are learning and spreading the reasons to stop drinking and buying bottled water right away, Bundanoon is definitely showing the rest of the world a real commitment to action!
Stores are prohibited from selling bottled water and local business will refill any reusable water bottles for free. The town will also be installing water fountains on Main Street to encourage locals to drink the tap water. This just keeps getting better! From the Telegraph in the UK:
Huw Kingston, a local businessman and organiser, said almost 400 people turned up to the Bundanoon Memorial Hall, with only two casting dissenting votes.
“It was the biggest ever turnout in the community here at Bundanoon – it’s overwhelming support,” he said. “We can now continue with our route of making Bundanoon Australia’s first bottled water-free town.
We here in the United States need to encourage our towns and cities to consider bans like this as well, as the environmental impact of all this plastic is only starting to show itself to us all. Get yourself a reusable bottle and stop the bottled water habit today.
Thank you to tiny Bundanoon, Australia for showing us the way on this!