Concord, Mass.: Where bottled water is illegal
The New York Times has a story today about Jean Hill, the 82-year-old activist -- critics call her "a retiree with too much time on her hands" -- who managed to make it illegal to sell bottled water in Concord, Mass. "Where Thoreau Lived, Crusade Over Bottles" manages to paint a portait of a city where a single citizen, through persistence, successfully convinces the majority of voters in her community to ban water bottles. "I'm going to work until I drop on this," Hill told Abby Goodnough from the Times. "If you believe in something, you have to persist and you have to have a thick skin." Plastic is clearly the prime target here -- the story notes that Hill started her crusade after her grandson told her about the Pacific garbage patch. She complains that millions of plastic water bottles were disposed of daily, and most are not recycled. The International Bottled Water Association, rather than the plastics industry, is the leading industry authority quoted in the story. IBWA spokesman Tom Lauria says: "Some people in the industry kind of respect her because of her age and her vision ... but we believe that vision is distorted. There are far worse products to pick on than water."
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