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The Park Slope Food Co-op is about to vote on whether to stop selling bottled water, which is a big step, even for a famously environmentally minded supermarket. Here’s what some Co-op members had to say.

— Interviews and photos by Emily Lavin

“I’m in favor of stopping the selling of bottled water. Just think about how much plastic is used, the energy that it takes to make it, break it down and transport it.”
Julianne Zaleta, Park Slope

“I’m not excited about the ban, but we do have to attend to the effects plastic has on the environment. But we these individual solutions, like banning bottles, don’t quite do enough.”
Hugh English, Park Slope

“Sometimes I feel like other issues — like the effect of large corporations on the environment — are more important to battle, rather than people expecting to solve huge problems with their individual consumer choices.”
Josie Saldaña, Prospect Heights

“I think [the ban] is great. New York water is great. We don’t need to spend money on something the city gives us for free. We’re learning as time goes by that there are luxuries we have that we don’t need.”
Peter Bergold, Park Slope

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Phil from Kensington says:
"Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Just how do you mean that, sir? "

from The Graduate

(Sounds to me like all you people have drunk the Kool Aid. Where would we be without plastic? Oh somewhere in the Bronze Age.)
March 8, 2008, 10:10 am
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
Phil...did you get your education from place mats at diners and sugar packets?

'Plastics', are a fairly recent development in History. Glass and metal brought us into the modern age and we could still be using them to carry our water. The plastic is toxic if exposed to the light for an extended period of time. Ever open a bottle and notice a slightly off scent? Those are the good old chemicals which make up the bottle slowly adding a unwanted boost to your water. Drink up!

So perhaps it is you that is drinking something, and it aint kool-aid. Glass is a much better solution for bottles and were used for decades before some 'genius' thought up plastic.
July 6, 2009, 9:43 pm

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