Ban the Water Cooler?

Ban the Water Cooler?

Jonathan B.
Jun 13, 2008

We´re blogging beachside this week (yeah, it´s a rough life.) We´re in Mexico, where, for us gringos, bottled water is pretty much a necessity. But for all you folks chained to your desk at work, here's an idea: ditch the bottled water. If your office supply tastes funny, all you need is a simple filter. It makes so much sense that some cities are starting to ban bottled water.

All the trucks driving around, the coolers plugged in and sucking electricity... the more you think about it, the more wasteful it seems. According to this blog post, bottled water has been banned in San Francisco, Seattle, and London, and it seems reasonable to switch to a filter—or just straight tap water—just about everywhere else.

As we're not within reach of a water cooler ourselves, we´ve been looking for a more illustrative photo for this post. So far, we´ve come up dry, but it is remarkable how many people have water coolers in their homes... we thought their natural habitat was in the office. (Our favorite window into human nature: the photo we spotted at Flickr of a water cooler used as a stand for water bottles. Hey, if it´s unplugged, it´s at least a bit greener, right?)

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