Bottled Water and Sustainability: Still Hot Topics

Recycling symbolIn 2012, Concord, Massachusetts became the first city in the US to implement a ban on the sale of single-serving, plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of water measuring one liter or less.

According to a recent article on, however, Concordians are renewing the debate over this ban.  One resident says that “common sense and fairness” are ultimately at issue, especially where local businesses are concerned.

But for others, the debate is a distraction.  People involved in other sustainability initiatives – such as those aimed at getting the city of Concord recognized by the state of Massachusetts as a Green Community – have complained that petitions to overturn the bottled water ban detract from the work they are trying to accomplish.

This latest effort marks the fifth time in nearly four years that a bottled water bylaw has been made part of a Concord Town Meeting warrant for enactment or repeal.  Consensus is elusive: what some see as good for the earth others see as an infringement of personal and/or economic liberty.

The debate highlights the fact that sustainability and bottled water remain two important issues for consumers everywhere.  But the fact is, they don’t have to be at odds with each other.

Polar Station water and ice vending machines are a model of sustainability. Our kiosks – which only sell in bulk – use local tap water reserves to create pure and natural refreshment that’s as good for people as it is for the planet.

And kiosk owners benefit, too.  Our machines are low-maintenance, which means low overhead. And low overhead means quicker repayment and greater profit for investors.

Sustainability and business success can coexist.  Contact us today and let us show you a way to a greener world – and wallet!

Originally posted 2013-10-17 13:23:09.