Hamlet Power

Abby Zimet

Bottled water

Nine years after a tiny Tasmanian township – population 200 – led a grassroots national movement to ban plastic shopping bags, the Australian highlands town of Bundanoon – population 2,500 – has become the first town to ban bottled water. Angry over a plan to build a water-extraction plant – thus requiring them to buy back their own water – townspeople supported a "Bundy on Tap" campaign and voted almost unanimously to outlaw bottled water. After the vote, residents reportedly cheered. In worse news for the $572 million-a-year Australian water business, the premier then promptly banned state government from buying bottled water as well.

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