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What Is Behind The Bottled Water Home Cooler Craze?

Melanie Sattonfield

From Orbitaloc.com

More and more people in this country are bypassing the water fountain and opting to drink bottled water instead. This growing trend has been responsible for an explosion of bottled water varieties available on the market today. Many people have even stopped drinking the water from their kitchen faucets and have installed bottled water home coolers. Is this just another crazy fad, or there actually a good reason to switch from tap water to bottled water?

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The Hawaiian tax proposal on bottled water: discriminatory and unfair to consumers

A tax on bottled water has been proposed in Hawaii, similar to one that was implemented last year in Chicago.

These taxes single out an industry that is healthy, safe and provides consumers with a choice over many unhealthy beverages.

Hawaii calls its proposed tax a 5-cents-per-container “surcharge” on bottled water produced or distributed in-state.

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Taxes, not a good idea for Chicago

Cool Chicago is becoming a rather hot spot in the debate – or lack thereof – between bottled water and tap water.

The Windy City has put a 5-cent tax on each container of bottled water sold there. Whether this tax will actually hold water is another story, as the move will likely be challenged in court.

In addition, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, City Hall plans to promote the use of tap over bottled and give away or sell blue, red and green stainless steel containers emblazoned with messages about conserving water and hydrating to maintain good health.

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Green is American

NBC says Green is Universal. We hope so, and it’s plain to see Americans are making strides.

Twenty years ago, the National Recycling Coalition says, there were just 1,000 curbside recycling programs in the U.S. Today, we count more than 10,000. Citizens recycle 33 percent of their waste, a figure that has nearly doubled in the past 15 years.

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