Tuesday, July 15, 2008

No more bottled water at Phipps Conservatory

In an effort to be more eco-conscious, Phipps Conservatory is eliminating the sale of bottled water there.

Richard Piacentini, Executive Director of Phipps, says the conservatory initially eliminated bottled water from internal meetings.

"Instead we encouraged people to use filtered water and fill up pitchers and do it the old fashioned way," Piacentini said. "Our staff and people who came to our events accepted that very well. So this year we decided to go all the way and eliminate bottled water from all our facilities."

Reusable plastic bottles will be sold at Phipps in place of disposible ones. Piancetini said he believes the reduced pollution from fewer plastic bottles is more important than the revenue they may lose from the sale.

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