Mt. Rainier Moves to Ban Bottled Water, Big Bottle is Pissed

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How do they figure these people are going to choose sugary drinks if bottled drinks aren't available? Magic?
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The industry has an excellent point and should agree to an immediate ban on bottled and canned sugary drinks as well.

The park could sell canteens.

What an amazing business: selling water for more than gasoline.
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It is inaccurate to call this a ban. You are not prohibited from bring your own bottled water. They are simply no longer selling pre-bottled water.

More importantly, though: what kind of idiot would go to Mount Rainier and want to drink shipped-in bottled water that is most likely from some municipal water system when you could drink water from FUCKING MOUNT RAINIER! When I go places like that I bring several gallons of containers with me to get water to bring home.
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Bottled water is about convenience. I buy a lot of bottled water when I travel because you can't always carry enough reuseable water bottles in your carry on luggage to have adequate water for when you are away from a tap for hours. My job often has me traveling to hot, dry work locations with no water and where you have to piss behind your truck.
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@3 If you collect your own water directly from streams and lakes you have to worry about sterilizing it, which is not hard but can be inconvenient. If you get it from the park's plumbing, it has gone through processing similar to the municipal water systems you deplore.
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littering on rainier's trails is not really that much of a problem. inadvertant dropping of parts of candy wrappers and pistachio shells is the most common form.

selling re-useable bottles for $2 sounds like a great solution for unprepared tourists, but not so good for the IBWA.
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When profit is your only morality --as it is for the IBWA-- then any other morality --such as not scattering plastic litter in the woods-- falls by the wayside (harhar).

This is a major problem within capitalism: Corporations with 'bottom lines' cannot do the actual correct thing, because they must make a profit, and profits typically run counter to intelligent decisions, such as not leaving a trashed planet for our future descendants.

The so-called "free market" and "freedom of choice" does not necessarily, nor frequently, yield the best outcome.
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@2: "The industry has an excellent point and should agree to an immediate ban on bottled and canned sugary drinks as well.

The park could sell canteens.

What an amazing business: selling water for more than gasoline."

I don't give a fig, it's still cheaper than paying for people to clean up all the trash from idiots (even though they indicate that it'll be available for free at water stations.)

Screw "big water" or whatever pithy phrase people describe them with.
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Could we for once say FUCK BIG BUSINESS?
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Very few of the people visiting the Rainier visitor centers are "climbing a fucking mountain."

And how about a little accuracy, Unpaid Intern? Deciding not to sell a product at the visitor centers is in no way a "bottled water ban."
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@10: Aren't we captain nitpick. They're climbing trails and camping around on a mountain, not ascending to the top.

And the story states "on the issue of selling bottled water at park concession stands." it doesn't take smarts to understand what's being discussed here.
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It's ridiculous to me that big business feels entitled to dictate what the government sells or doesn't sell on its own fucking property. If a private business decided to stop selling bottled water, would these freaks be publicly belly aching? Somehow I doubt it.

@8,

I'm pretty sure #2 agrees with you.
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@12: Ah, talking about the bottlers.
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Bottled water should be banned outright. It is a waste of plastic and the environmental cost of shipping it trucks isn't worth it. Humans survived without bottled water for years. I've lived in hot countries where the temperature is 110 or more every day, and where the tap water isn't safe. Still no need for bottled water. Get a SteriPen and zap your tap water for a few seconds and you are good to go.

Bottled water--never, ever necessary. Don't buy it. Don't accept it when it is given for free.

And @4--sorry but don't believe it. You are out on a job in a truck and you don't have enough space for a camel back or something? And you are able to stop in at stores an take the time to buy bottled but you are never near a tap? Or a stream?
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