The Los Angeles Times Emerald City blog has a post today on the subject of corporate sponsorships of "green" events, and much of the focus is on PET bottles. It seems that the Heal the Bay group had a dinner party/fundraiser last night. While the group's brochure said there would be no bottled water served at the event, attendees actually got PET bottles of a product called Bone Water in their gift bags. On top of that, a brand that's often criticized by environmentalists, FIJI Water, had a page in the dinner brochure. Blogger Siel wrote:
I'm not saying Heal the Bay was wrong to accept these sponsorships or products, necessarily. I'm just pointing out the quandaries to say I don't envy the jobs of the people who work there. Sure, I really do have a bone to pick with this Bone Water thing -- but every environmentalist has her pet peeve, and every little compromise the nonprofit makes must bring forth a cacophony of complaints --Her comments are something for plastics companies to keep in mind. Sponsoring or contributing to an environmental project or effort might win some support. But don't expect it to change everyone's mind.