The bottled water debate seems to be everywhere these days. Today it even made the daily comics. The "Judge Parker" strip, of all places, tackles the topic. For those of you who aren't "Judge Parker" fans, the star of the strip is a lawyer (really), Sam Driver. In the Nov. 14 strip, Driver's know-it-all adopted daughter Sophie is telling her stepfather about the perils of bottled water. Yesterday, she told us that in 2006, Americans spent $15 billion on bottled water. Today, she continues: "...the real downside is the plastic container. It accounts for nearly two billion pounds of landfill every year." When "Judge Parker" discovers the recycling problem that's posed by PET water bottles, I think it's safe to say this is way beyond being a mainstream issue. I don't think threats to ban PET water bottles are serious, but don't rule out more taxes.
Bottled water hits the funny papers
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