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Getting rid of bottled water is complicated - but the point is to start thinking about the effects of our behaviors!

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Here's a really terrific piece by Jeff Swartz, the CEO of Timberland from that company's Earthkeepers newsletter.  He is a passionate and socially engaged manager.  What this is about is the complexity of change and the challenges that arise from making a commitment to real change. The point is that we *all* need to engage the issues of daily life - and sooner rather than later.

Blue Communities Project highlights water issues

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Canadians seem always to be a bit farther ahead of Americans on environmental issues of all kinds.  While the references in the article below are all Canadian, the principles are easily transferrable.  Tell local, state and federal government agencies to reduce their use of bottled water and highlight the importance of a publicly supported water infrastructure.  Private enterprise is not always the answer to every problem, in fact it is more likely to be the source of problems we are all experiencing.

Big Green Purse Blog: Want to Increase Plastic Bottle Recycling? Put a Deposit on It.

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by Diane MacEachern, founder and CEO of Big Green Purse.  If it's not easy to recycle something, is it really recyclable?

That's a fair question to ask, since we consumers are constantly being reassured that a product is "green" or "greener" because it is "recyclable" - even when, in reality, the product is barely being recycled at all.

Bottles, Bottles, Everywhere...

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Posted by Ramon Cruz in Drinking Water

Ramon CruzThis post is by Ramon Cruz, Senior Policy Analyst for Living Cities at Environmental Defense Fund.

#4 of Time Magazine's Top 10 Food Trends: The war on bottled water

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I subscribe to Google Alerts for information about bottled water.   At least once a week I find a new site that is worth spending some time with.  This week I discovered a food service industry blogger - Nick Borelli - whose blog is called NickSpace ("My goal is to make our client's vision a reality!").  His article about changes in the way bottled water is being handled in restaurants is worth a read. 

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Long Beach water activists

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Even though Turn to Tap is about bottled water, there are plenty of other environmental issues that are at critical stage for all of us.  Some folks in Long Beach, California have launched a site called http://www.sinkthebreakwater.com/ to bring attention to the miserable state of the ocean and beaches there.  Their site is highly graphical and tells the story in few words, many pictures and great but awful to see video.  Rivers and oceans are the lifeblood of our planet, literally.  Seeing how our industrial economy treats them as free dumping grounds just highlights our need to

Canada Leads: National Day of Action on Bottled Water

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OPIRG at Brock University in Canada reports...this seems to be a natural for US student groups to organize for Spring 09.  Earth Day?

Food and Water Watch's Top 10 Reasons to Choose Tap

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Food and Water Watch is an organization that needs our ongoing support.  They do great work in so many areas that matter. Here is their summary of why to choose tap.

Bottled Water Quality Investigation: 10 Major Brands, 38 Pollutants

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This is a big story that is getting widespread attention.  Consumer Reports covered the story as follows: "Concerns over the purity of bottled water, as reflected in a new report from the Environmental Working Group, might also force you to consider drinking only or switching back to filtered tap water."  EWG has alot to say:

Pay attention! Today's news is not good news

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This site is mainly focused on water issues, of course.  But anything that has to do with climate change and human civilization relates to water and how we will learn to survive as humans in a very changed physical environment.  Yale's School of Forestry has a blog that anyone interested in environment and climate should be subscribing to.  It's called Environment 360: Opinion, Analysis, Reporting and Debate.  The digest has a really important article in it this week that headlines: