Talk of Bottled Water Ban in San Francisco, American Beverage Association Responds

Published On April 4, 2013 | By Hannah Ellsbury | Articles

“Think outside the bottle” was the message an environmental coalition shared Wednesday morning in San Francisco in its pitch to get the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Yosemite National Park to ditch bottled water.

San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu joined representatives from the Sierra Club and the group Corporate Accountability International at Crissy Field this morning to urge the National Park Service to ban the sale of plastic water bottles in those two parks.

Instead, they are asking the parks to offer more water stations where visitors can fill up their reusable bottles with tap water, and to offer reusable bottles for sale at park gift shops.

Two oversize postcards addressed to National Park Service Superintendents Frank Dean and Don Neubacher were on display at today’s news conference. The postcards had about 40,000 signatures from Bay Area business, community and nonprofit leaders, and individual supporters.

The American Beverage Association responded this afternoon to the coalition’s call to eliminate sales of plastic water bottles.

“People should have the choice to decide how they drink water in a National Park—from a bottle of water, from a water fountain or from a refillable container,” association officials said in a statement.

The group contended, “Many Americans appreciate the convenience and portability of bottled water and water beverages.”

The statement noted the beverage industry promotes recycling and “green” bottling practices.

[via SFA]

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