Nestlé and Coca-Cola Attempt to Block National Parks From Banning Bottled Water Sales

Single-use water bottles generate up to 20 percent of the waste in National Parks but Congress is preventing their ban.

“In 2015, more than 305 million people visited national parks, easily eclipsing the all-time visitation record that the National Park Service recorded in 2014. Around 365 of 409 parks recorded record visitation numbers, and park officials see no reason to believe this trend will not continue.

Three hundred million people produce a lot of waste: over 100 million pounds per year, much of which consists of single-use plastic water bottles. To the companies that bottle and sell water, often at over 2,000 times the cost of tap water, those three hundred million people represent hundreds of millions of opportunities to sell their product and, at an average of $1.50 per bottle, billions of dollars in revenue.”

Source: Nestlé and Coca-Cola Attempt to Block National Parks From Banning Bottled Water Sales