The bottled water industry is pressuring Congress stop the National Park Service's plan to ban sales of bottled water and reduce litter. Click here to tell Congress to Buck the Bottle and keep these national treasures pristine and clean.
When the National Park Service realized that their trash cans were overflowing with plastic bottles, they quickly moved to stop selling bottles in vending machines and offered free water refilling stations instead. But the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), a lobby group that includes Nestle, bank-rolled Congress into considering a pro-bottle bill.1 If it passes, national parks would be prohibited from banning the sale of plastic bottles.
Zion National Park, Utah, has eliminated over 5,000 pounds of plastic from its waste stream, in just one example of this success story. But IBWA has spent over $500,000 to lobby Congress and keep the bottles flowing.2 They can afford it too, since bottled water profits soared over $13 billion last year in the U.S. alone.
Big Water and their allies in Congress are trying to fool and, in some cases, scare the public. Congressman Keith Rothfus (R-PA), even implied a ban on bottles could threaten families when he said, "With temperatures topping 100 degrees at the Grand Canyon, the bans could put families at risk of dehydration."4
The irony here almost makes me thirsty. Rothfus, a known climate denier, is basically acknowledging that climate change is making the Grand Canyon hotter, and then arguing that the best way to protect people from it is sell more oil-produced plastic bottles. We know that argument is, well, plastic. But we need more members of Congress to get the message that we're not going to sacrifice our parks for Big Water profits.
Thanks for all you do,
Anthony and the Environmental Action Plastic Prohibition Crew
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