Citing the 30 million water bottles that end up in landfills every day and the 1.5 million barrels of oil a year required to manufacture them, a member has introduced an initiative to ban the sale of bottled water at the Park Slope Food Co-op. There’s a theory floating around about this being a class issue (huh?), but basically it just boils down to being more environmentally responsible. If you’re a member of the Co-op, expect to vote your conscience this spring.
Meanwhile, Food & Water Watch is sponsoring an I Heart Tap Water Video Contest, encouraging college students to make short videos, post them on YouTube and submit the info to a panel of judges by April 14. (See a sample video here.) Top prize is $1,500, and the winning entry will be featured on Take Back the Tap; second is $500, and third’s a tote bag. If you’re out of school but would like to show your support, pledge to stop using bottled water, and ask Congress to protect our water supply.