The Life of a Plastic Water Bottle

By Peter S. Green - 2012-10-02T21:18:26Z

Photograph by Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images

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Banned Sales

Seven-year-old Jackson Hal plays with plastic drink bottles that are lit from inside with colored lights. They make up a wall-sized display at the Light Up the Night exhibit on New Year's Eve 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Next January, the University of Vermont will become the largest university in the U.S. to ban sales of noncarbonated bottled water, bowing to a student-led initiative. Seventy-five water fountains will be fitted with taps for students to fill reusable water bottles.

In September, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley upheld a similar prohibition for the entire town of Concord, Massachusetts, to take effect in 2013.

The International Bottled Water Association has criticized bottled-water bans because they may make it easier to buy sugary drinks than H2O.

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