International Bottled Water Association offers ‘olive branch’ to critics
September 16, 2008
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The International Bottled Water Association is asking its critics to join it in working for solutions to environmental issues such as recycling, protecting watersheds and improving municipal infrastructure.
According to the Sept. 15 IBWA news release, copies of Lauria’s article were sent to the presidents of the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Working Group, Clean Water Action and Food and Water Watch.
In his article, Lauria traces the history of bottled water and says “by any measure, bottled water companies are very much natural allies of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups, and we ask their members to consider working with us on comprehensive, science-based and equitable environmental resource management proposals and/or assist us in promoting new and expanded recycling initiatives, such as single-stream curbside recycling programs.”
He said empty water bottles make up only one-third of one percent of the U.S. waste stream and stated bottled water accounts for only two-tenths of one percent of groundwater withdrawals in the United States.
In his article, Lauria said, “frankly, we don’t completely comprehend the position of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) nor the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on tap water. While these organizations unfairly misrepresent the facts about bottled water, both groups go to even greater lengths to disparage and criticize municipal water systems.”
And, he added, “the activists at Food and Water Watch (FWW) have misstated the facts on bottled water in context with the environment and they unwisely ignore the fact all waters have a demonstrable flavor.”
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