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Recommended site: BantheBottle.net

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Here's a great blog I just discovered and really like alot.  Lots of good stories about ban the bottle campaigns that are going on in many places, and tools and information for starting your own.  And here is some of the information this site provides:

 The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.

SAFE WATER: The New Pepsi Challenge

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by John Bain (GoodB's Green Blogger)  The plastic bottle may soon be going the way of the professional fracker.

PepsiCo recently announced a new bottle made entirely of plant material – that’s right, PepsiCo, and this thing is 100% made from plants. As a bonus, the production of the bottle employs things you once thought were waste products – corn husks and the like.  

Do you want to change the world?

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We do.  And yes, we could use your help.  TurnToTap is looking for volunteers who would like to help run this site and increase the reach of what we have been doing for the past couple of years.  If you have a few hours a week to give to what we think is an important and meaningful project, please send an email to editor@turntotap.com.  We need help with research, posting water stories and news, writing blog posts, putting out our newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and more.  No experience is necessary, just a commitment, some energy and some time.

Derrick Jensen: High on Progress

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Derrick Jensen is one of my heroes, his deep commitment to the natural world and opposition to the current destructive culture is unmatched.  His essay, "High on Progress" in the Orion Magazine May/June essay should be read by anyone who wonders how we can move beyond our current gridlock of ideas and actions for change.  Here is an excerpt:

It's time to get mad - and then get busy

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This little website may not have a large readership, but we are going to put all our energy into supporting Bill McKibben's latest call to action:  IT IS TIME TO ACT ON GLOBAL WARMING.  Bill has written a brilliant piece we urge all to read.  In it he quotes David Brower, the greatest environmentalist of the late twentieth century, (who) explained amid the fight to save the Grand Canyon: "We are to hold fast to what we believe is right, fight for it, and find allies and adduce all possib

Belu Water - Is this the model for progressive businesses to change the world?

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It surprises me that Belu Water in the UK has not been written about more in the USA and Canada, and even more surprising that its model has not been replicated elsewhere.  I'm currently researching more deeply into what they do and how they do it, but so far it all looks pretty good.  Corn-based plastic that composts in 12 weeks (designed by Design21 - better design for the greater good).  Profits go to places that do not have clean water (first project is in Ta

Nice post at taracronica.com: The Bottled Water Fairytale

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Tara Cronica is about exploring the never ending desires that fuel all life while finding lyrical beauty in everyday happenings - a site created by three Canadian women with alot of smart things to say.  One of them, Bonnie Johnson posted "The Bottled Water Fairytale" on November 28th, with links to Bundanoon, the Australian town that has gone bottled water free and Tapped, the wonderful documentary we have recommended here before.

Here's an excerpt:

Canada Again - The Public Water Initiative at University of Toronto

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I've noted it before that Canada and Canadians seem to be much more conscious about water issues than the US and Americans.  This may not be literally true, it's an impression based on reading literally hundreds of web entries and blog posts on water issues over the past couple of years.  The story below is another great example.

Good News Bad News: Bottled-Water Price War Heats Up as Demand Falls

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The Wall Street Journal recently reported: "Bottled-water makers have stepped up a months-long price war this summer to win back customers who have turned on the tap to save money and reduce environmental waste."

First reaction - great news, people are paying attention (and maybe the change in the economic circumstances of millions has helped change their thinking about the practicality of bottled water)!  Second reaction - oops, lower prices will mean higher consumption.  

Water Issues: keep talking about them

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When I started this site I searched widely for stories about bottled water, and found several key articles in print and online form that provided key information about why bottled water is so bad for all of us.  Clearly, I was not alone in this interest - the number of articles about the negative impacts bottled water has increased tremendously during the past year.  What's really interesting is the number of stories that continue to refer to older articles about bottled water (because these "base" articles are so good!).  I think this is good news - the more people talk about