Saturday, August 2, 2008

Chicago Botanic Garden Axes Bottled Water

Bottled water is on its way out and what better place to start the movement than at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Since Chicago has some of the best tasting and cleanest tap water in the country, why not just drink it instead of bottled water? Why not just serve Lake Michigan tap water? This was definitely one of those 'duh' moments.

As of June 5, 2008, the Chicago Botanic Garden no longer serves or sells bottled water. According to its website, the Garden sold over 96,000 bottles of water in 2007. The Garden recognizes that the manufacturing, shipping, recycling and disposing of bottled water uses a lot of energy and creates unnecessary waste. Instead of purchasing bottled water, visitors to the Garden can purchase reusable bpa-free water bottles that they can fill at the Garden Café and at drinking fountains throughout the grounds, in addition to the biodegradable cups that the Garden Café will be giving away.

The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is promote the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants and the natural world. As one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research, the Garden leads by example. By eliminating bottled water from the equation, the Garden is setting a great example for people to follow. Stop by the Chicago Botanic Garden if you are in the Chicagoland area, or check out their great website at, if you can't visit in person. Kudos to the Garden!

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