Gallery: Australian Town Bans Bottled Water


The small Australian town of Bundanoon just set a new standard for sustainability by voting to do what no community has ever done before: ban bottled water! The measure was founded over concerns about the tremendous amount of resources used to extract, package, and transport bottled water, and it passed nearly unanimously in a town hall meeting. Will this be the beginning of a trend?

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  1. kamal tribak January 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    no question it will be difficult to adjust to new measures but soon everyone will fellow when they see the big picture true

  2. Sexy BPA-Free Bottle Sc... August 3, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    […] now most of us recognize how wasteful plastic water bottles are — they create a lot of trash and unnecessarily drain our energy, resources, and wallets. […]

  3. economixt July 10, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Good for bundanoon!

    Bottled water is big business – about $100 Billion globally. It’s going to take small steps like these to begin to restore the focus on municipal water systems. There’s a great rundown of the bottled water industry in the US over at economixt –

  4. tapin July 9, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    We need your support! Please sign our online petition!

    TAP IN – a student led group in Surrey, British Columbia will be presenting to the Surrey Environmental Advisory Committee next week to convince Surrey to stop selling bottled water in municipal buildings.

    Check out our website at:

  5. spaceshape July 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    The potential problem I can see with this measure is that it will encourage people to drink sodas and other packaged sugary beverages. If a person stops at a convenience store for a cold drink and doesn’t have a refillable bottle on them, they’ll probably just choose a (cheap) can or bottle of soda instead of buying a new (more expensive) reusable bottle.

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