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VIDEO: Bottle Ban Backer Fashions Plastic Faucet

Concord resident Bob Lawson fashioned a faucet out of empty water bottles as a sign of support for Article 32, which proposes a bylaw to prohibit the sale of flat, unflavored drinking water in plastic bottles of 1 liter or less.

Bottled water bans going before annual Town Meeting is becoming almost customary in Concord, but a homemade structure displayed around town on Tuesday intended to raise at least a few new eyebrows.

Concord resident Bob Lawson, who fashioned the faucet out of empty plastic water bottles, says it's time to stand up and act on that which the town has been talking about for a few years now. Bottled water is low-hanging fruit in the fight for the environment, and the town should have no trouble returning to the tap, Lawson said.

x April 25, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Is Lawson violating some written or unwritten rule by not promptly recycling the 1,500 plastic bottles in his 'faucet'? Think of the consequences of having them out of circulation. It could cause some glaciers to melt. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Mary Smith April 25, 2012 at 08:28 PM
It really doesn't matter to me what he does with the bottles however we live in a country that affords us basic rights choice being one of them. Iget the feeling next we might start banning books? Ban is a strong word, maybe we should make educated suggestions of how to manage the waste we have and let individuals make their own choice as how to contribute or not. I have a feeling if the water mains broke in Concord as they did a while back in Weston and the residents were unable to drink the water for days we wouldn't be so quick to "ban".
Abe Fisher April 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Sure, choice is a "right." But we are members of a community--multiple communities, really, from our neighborhoods, Concord, eastern Mass, up through all of humanity--and there is always a balance that needs to be found between the needs of the community and the rights of the individual. Seems to me that most of the commenters here don't think the needs of the community should count for anything at all if it is going to cost them their personal liberty. If that's so, then you don't really believe in government at all, as far as I can tell.
Victoria Bessert Richards April 30, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Where did all the bottles come from? Hopefully recycled... And what did you do with labels? Hopefully recycled those too!
Adriana Cohen April 30, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Why isn't Lawson driving a Prius? Isn't his big truck burning "evil" fossil fuels making us dependent on "Big Oil?" I also noticed he's drinking from a styrofoam cup with a - dare I say "Plastic" lid. I thought those items were bad for the environment? Hmmm. Looks like we have another "Do as I say, Not as I do," hypocrite on our hands. Maybe next time he should pretend he's green - at least on videotape that is - by drinking from reusable cup? That would be common sense. But then again when did taking away Americans' consumer choice become sensical??

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