Australia's first bottled water free town .

Charlie - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Bundanoon - Australia's first bottled water free town

Posted: 10.07.09 | Created by: Do Something



Do Something and the Bottled Water Alliance have played a key role in helping Bundanoon to become Australia’s first bottled water free town.



A town meeting held in Bundanoon on Wednesday July 8th was addressed by Do Something founder Jon Dee, who set out the environmental and financial impacts of bottled water. Of the 356 people who attended, 355 of them voted in favour of a total ban on bottled water. Only 1 person voted against the ban.



Prior to the meeting, Jon had been helping Huw Kingston and the Bundanoon business community in their move away from bottled water. Subject to the vote, all retailers in the 2,500 population town had already agreed to stop the sale of single-use bottled water.



“The Bundanoon community has voted unequivocally to ban bottled water”, said Jon, who helped to drive the ban on plastic bags in the Tasmanian town of Coles Bay. “We are very much hoping that this move will get Australians to rethink the half billion dollars a year that they spend on bottled water. Just as Coles Bay led the way on plastic bags, we believe that Bundanoon will lead the way on bottled water”.



The town’s shops will replace single-use bottled water with refillable bottles. For a small fee, consumers will be able to refill their bottles with chilled filter water in shops.



Alternatively, people will be able to fill their bottles with free filtered water from public water fountains in the main street. These hi-tech filtered water fountains have been donated to Bundanoon by the filter company Culligan Water and Street Furniture Australia.



“Bundanoon could not have made its position clearer on bottled water,” said Huw Kingston, the owner of the town’s combined café and bike shop who has been a driving force behind the ban.



"We can go forward with the strength of the community and Bundanoon's businesses right behind us”, he said. "It was the biggest ever turnout in the Bundanoon community – this is a common sense approach for which there is overwhelming support.”



Bundanoon’s push has already led to reductions in bottled water use. Huw and Jon joined in congratulating the NSW Premier Nathan Rees on his decision to follow the lead of Bundanoon by banning bottled water in all Government Departments.



On the media front, the ban unleashed a firestorm of publicity both in Australia and overseas. Between them, Jon and Huw undertook more than 150 media interviews with local and international media outlets. At one point, the BBC’s story about the Bundanoon ban was the number one most read story on the BBC global web site. At the time of posting, more than 800 web sites had covered the story on the Internet.



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?? - posted on 09/28/2009

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Nelson BC, I think, is bottle free. I know there was a huge write up in the paper awhile ago about it. Nelson is a "hippie town" to say the least (not saying anything wrong with it - it's just known for being 'green' [in more than 1 way] lol) I think its fantastic!



I wish my town would follow suit! I have a Brita filter that I use for our water. Our tap has a filter on it, so we drink out of the tap too, but we put it through the Brita too (and it's in the fridge so it's nice and collllllllllld). We also have a couple of those, Powerade / Gatorade bottles that we keep around for when we want to take a bottle of water with us.



We recycle everything we possibly can. Nothing goes to waste if possible. Unless it's 6:30 am Tuesday morning and I forgot it was Tuesday morning and the recycling guy is gonna be outside the door in an hour and I haven't sorted EVERYTHING! Then I might throw some things away that I normally would recycle.



Extra foods charges 7 cents per bag now. Safeway is 5 cents, I think. Every bag that we get, we reuse.



Recycle, Reduce, Reuse. It's been a big thing for me since I was 5-6 years old to be honest. I grew up in the mountains, I've traveled all around in the world, I love animals, I love scenery, I try to do EVERYTHING I possibly can to make sure that the future will get to see as many of the beautiful sights that I've seen. Hopefully even more than I have seen and plan on seeing still. It actually kinda makes me sick to know that people don't do anything at all or find recycling to be a joke or not worth doing.



I see not recycling to parallel to not voting.

1 bottle or 1 vote - they all make a difference.

Jodi - posted on 09/28/2009

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Jean, my hubby won't even do that....he will take the plastic bags. I am trying to educate him. Maybe the next generation. My son is awesome, he carries green bags when we go shopping, he actually goes to the cupboard and gets them the minute we head out the door (one of his jobs). He is fantastic :) Maybe the key is to training our children to help the environment - hubbys suck at it!!!

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Haha Jodi!

We keep our's in the boot of the car, so my partner takes the trolley out to the car and packs the groceries in there, other wise he'll use a plastic bag lol

Jodi - posted on 09/27/2009

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I've noticed Target here has started charging for plastic bags too. I think last time I went there, it didn't all fit in my green bag, and I paid 10c for a plastic bag!!



I use my green bags (reusables) as much as possible, but I really do reuse my plastic bags for garbage, and many oter things (such as sending kids with their sports uniform to school, etc). I never just throw them out. But then, I don't accumulate that many of them.



But here's the thing, I bet you don't see any men in the supermarket using the green bags........ my husband won't use them because they look so uncool for a guy!! If the world could solve that one, we may be halfway there!!

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Nothing like that has happened here yet in New Zealand however some supermarkets have started charging 5cents (5cents really doesn't exsist in New Zealand) per plastic bag in order to stop people from using plastic bags and try getting people to use reusable bags.

Some people got up in arms about having to have to pay for something we have always had for free.

Jodi - posted on 09/26/2009

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I think it is a great idea. Our entire family has drink bottles, and we fill these whenever we need to go anywhere. We recently did a big driving trip to Queensland and back (total of around 4000 km all up over the 2 weeks) and not once purchased a bottled water. We had our drink bottles and a big 10 litre water cooler in the back for the whole time. If our drink bottles ran out (which happened frequently because it was quite hot), we just refilled from the cooler. I don't see the need to buy bottled water if you have somewhere to buy some filtered water.



I also don't have a problem with having to pay a small amount for filtered water because water filters cost money, and generally, you have to regularly replace the filter fittings.



However, having said that, there are some places where the water tastes like absolute shit (and I mean that). I have been to one place here in Australia where I even had to buy a bottle of water just to be able to boil the kettle and get a decent cup of tea! I could actually taste the water through the tea, and i just spat it straight out again. I have done a fair bit of travelling, and that was the worst tasting water I have ever had. Places like that, it should be compulsory to stock some bottled water!!

Sharon - posted on 09/25/2009

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We all have reusable plastic bottles that we fill from a filter unit here in the house.



I also buy a case of bottled water JIC. I keep it on hand for other soccer players whose parents dropped the ball and forgot to give their kids a bottle before leaving the house.

Lindsay - posted on 09/25/2009

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I think it's great too! Although I never bought much bottled water anyway. It was always cheaper for me to use a "real" bottle and refill it from the fridge. =)

Jenny - posted on 09/25/2009

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I stopped buying water a few years ago and have gone back to the tap. We have several areas here that are looking at banning them as well. Plastic bags are slowly phasing out with many stores charging 5 cents a bag now.

Mary - posted on 09/25/2009

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Well, I for one think it is a GREAT idea. I have a glass bottle (I think it's an old Snapple bottle) that I have reused consistently for over a year. I refill it from the filtered water from my fridge (although I'm not opposed to drinking the tap water in my area...it's just colder from the fridge). It is both more environmentally friendly, as well as economical.

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