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Bottled water needs to prove itself green to survive

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

In Cascade Locks, Nestlé must prove that they can bottle 100 million gallons of water per year from a local spring in a sustainable way.

The obstacles are part of an ongoing and ever-increasing battle between the bottled water industry and environmentalist groups.

Nestlé is running a one-year test here to raise 700 rainbow trout in a tank filled with well water. Worried that activists might sabotage the test, Nestlé put the 1,700-gallon tank under lock and added security cameras. Officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife monitor the fish's progress and are now autopsying the three that have died so far.

"We are accused of mining water, which would suggest we are depleting a resource," says Kim Jeffrey, chief executive of Nestlé's North American water business. "But instead, we take water in a sustainable way. The notion that we just take what we want is simply not factual."

Read the entire article at the Wall Street Journal.

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Mary McGee
0 #1 Biodegradable bottles available thru local bottlerMary McGee 2010-05-26 10:55:32
There are viable solutions to many of the debated issues in the bottled water controversy. There is a local company that bottles OREGON RAIN - yes, it's really rain!!! - in biodegradable and glass bottles.
The biodegradable bottle, if thrown in a land fill will break down and disappear in several years, not centuries, like the other PET bottles.
Their bottle is also recyclable which means that if it ends up being recycled, it will not damage the mix and threaten the viability of end products produced by the using recycled products.
Buy local - not from Nestle. Keep revenue in the Pacific Northwest.
Buy biodegradable bottles.
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