The Grand Canyon Bans Sales of Bottled Water

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Within a month, the National Park Service will ban the sales of plastic water bottles in the Grand Canyon park, a move that might annoy both swarms of not-so sustainable-minded tourists and maybe some Coca-Cola representatives.

The ban has been in the works for a while. Last November, the New York Times reported that the progress on eliminating plastic -bottle litter was halted in part because the Coca-Cola company, which had donated $13 million to the parks, was concerned. Apparently, they didn’t want tourists to be kept from chugging their company’s Dasani water. A month later, the bottle ban lurched forward, but with restrictions that would detail the effect on concessions revenue in parks.

This week, the Park Service pulled the trigger on the ban in the Grand Canyon. Disposable water bottles, which comprise 20% of the waste stream in the park, will be barred from being sold in-park within the next 30 days, a news release stated. Tourists who don’t constantly carry Nalgenes will have the option of purchasing reusable bottles at concession stands (for what seems like a very low price of $1.99).

(MORE: Study: America’s National Parks Keep Falling Apart)

And there’ll be free water refilling stations. Hopefully enough to serve the huge influx of tourists that treks to the park every year in extended SUV trips.

Steve Martin, the former parks superintendent, framed as a way to aspire to sustainability. “It isn’t so much anti-water bottle as it is pro-conservation,” he told the Arizona Republic after the recent announcement. “There are many parts of the world where bottles are the only way to get good water to people, but when you have a choice to do something better, let’s do it.”

In theory, the ban sounds like progress. But what about the other 80% of litter that gets strewn about the park — those Clif bar wrappers, Chex-Mix bags or paper napkins? Perhaps the bottle ban can be thought of in the same light as the switch to those green-colored grocery store tote bags: it’s symbolism, but it’s a start.

6 comments
HaroldT
HaroldT

So Sisi received 23.38 million votes. How many votes did Morsi get (despite his alleged 52%) .

Give us comparable facts !

mrateb
mrateb

I don't know who conducted the so called PEW CHARITABLE  FOUNDATION POLL? To say that Brotherhood has a 38% support in EGYPT is really a Joke.I suggest that the PEW Foundation investigates the people whom they hired to conduct the POLL

The Reasons for the Low Turnout is the Systematic arrest of the youngsters who started the Uprising against MUBARAK and the heavy penalties  and prison term imposed on them because they demonstrated against the Law" Organising Demonstrations"; in addition to the "Migration" of Some  of MUbarak's cronies to al SISI Campaign,the high handed election campaign , and Finally , his inflated Ego when he appeared on various TV shows.Nevertheless he was approved by an overwhelming majority because Egyptians are looking for a strongman to save Egypt from the downward spiral it lived in for the past 3 years and to get rid of the so called brotherhood.Morsi got 13 million votes because his opponent was a Mubarak man not because the Brotherhood had the support of 13 million Egyptians.This fact alone, puts the 38%  support for the Brotherhood and the integrity of the organisation that conducted the POLL  in question.

TarekHarb
TarekHarb

The bottom line is that Sisi got 23 Million and Morsi got 13. 

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Hey, TIME Magazine, before you poke fun at Egypt's low voter turnout, why don't you examine that same low turnout in the USA as well??

PolythenePam
PolythenePam

The ban is most certainly progress and as for other sorts of  non biodegradable litter - well yes they too should be banned from areas of natural importance. You can live without plastic - I boycott plastic and mange to live a full life.