Monday, 18 February 2008

BOTTLING UP TROUBLE: KENT'S BOTTLED WATER MOUNTAIN

KENTPRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday 18th February 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192
BOTTLING UP TROUBLE:
KENT’S BOTTLED WATER MOUNTAIN THAT FEEDS LANDFILL SITES
Recycling plastic is difficult to achieve everywhere in Kent. But one major contribution to this problem can be eliminated, avoiding the creation of more landfill sites or incinerators: cutting out the purchase of bottled water. Steve Dawe comments:
“The UK consumes 3 billion litres of bottled water a year. This is sold mainly in plastic bottles – 13 billion of them – and only 3 billion are recycled. Moving bottled water from its source to the locations from which it is distributed for sale releases at least 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Since this water is 500 times more expensive than tap water: there is good reason to move spending elsewhere in the household budget(1). Although a lot of our bottled water comes from France, we are also importing it from Turkey (1500 miles); Quebec (3000 miles) and Fiji (10,000 miles) (2).
“Since rising oil prices will force higher prices for bottled water, pushing up the cost of both manufacturing and distributing bottled water, Kent’s consumers have good reasons to cut out bottled water and ask for tap water in restaurants too. And we all have an incentive to avoid paying for new landfill sites or incinerators which will add to council tax bills.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION:
Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above.


Notes:
Lucy Siegle – It’s just water, right? The Observer, 10th February 2008.
Sustain, alliance for better food and farming, press release: www.sustainweb.org/new.php?id=168

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