11 Towns in Cape Cod ban the sale of water in single-use plastic - is this an example of things to come?
Banning anything should be seen as a last resort. You'd think that common sense would prevail in a modern day world and that banning something would be obsolete. Unfortunately we live in a time of excess, a time where speed and ease is more important than tomorrow. 500 billion plastic bottles of water are bought every year and it seems that even money takes second place where convenience is concerned. Cape Cod has become the latest destination to ban the sale of water in single-use plastic bottles outright. We ask - could this become a trend worldwide?
Is it true that we really don’t care - about tomorrow or our pocket? Maybe we need to give ourselves the benefit of the doubt and say, 'we were not aware that our actions were so harmful’. Perhaps it's a fair assumption. The guy throwing an empty bottle of water out of his car window is probably thinking that there is a system in place that won't allow his waste to end up in the Ocean, disrupting & damaging marine life.
This mindless act of littering is truly unacceptable behaviour and yet it happens every day (a lot!) It seems that despite the message being out there loud and clear about the damaging effects of single-use plastic on our environment, people are changing their habits far too slowly.
So bans, what do we think? Well look at these images of Cape Cod. It is a true treasure of our planet and we must have a responsibility to preserve them for future generations. For this reason I am fully behind these moves albeit sadly.
If we look at the margins on the vote at Mashpee it was 50.48% for the ban & 49.52% against it so it was very tight.
Instead of pushing people a certain way we could focus on enticing people away from single-use plastic water bottles. At FOSH I feel we may have a product that really entices people to put down the single-use plastic!
The benefits are clear. As I write this my water intake has massively increaed on some years ago. I put this down to my water bottle, I love it! I use our latest FOSH Vital 2.0 in Sea Salt, I can’t tell you how many times a day it gets refilled, mostly with a touch of lemon juice as I prefer it. The end result is that I drink more water, I save every time it is filled up and I am saving the use of one horrible plastic piece of waste every time, honestly it has become a bit of a mission!
We started this article asking if this was the beginning of a trend to ban single use plastic bottles of water. It very possibly is the very early signs but as yet by no means a trend. That said one can only hope for a change that helps significantly reduce single-use plastic consumption worldwide.
Join me and millions like me, have a look at the bottle I chose here.