Dear Whole Foods:
I wrote you on May 15, 2007 re: Eternal bottled water that you are selling exclusively in your stores. In my letter I expressed how I thought it was frivolous and detrimental to import water almost eight thousand miles from New Zealand to Dallas. I still have not heard from you about whether or not you calculated the carbon footprint as a result of importing water from New Zealand to the U.S. and whether or not you considered offering an exclusive artesian bottled water from a domestic source.
Recently, in The New York Times Dining and Wine section there was an article about restauranteurs and food service companies that are going to stop offering imported bottled waters because of the impact importing water long distances has on the environment. You can read the article here. As part of your "commitment to environmental stewardship" will you consider doing the same?
I eagerly await your response especially in light of the recent news article in The Times.
Some quotes from the article:
"“Serving our local water in reusable carafes makes more sense for the environment than manufacturing thousands of single-use glass bottles for someone to use once and throw away,” Incanto explains at its Web site."
"“The rationale for buying bottled water is a fantasy that has a destructive downside,” Dr. Solomon said. “These companies are marketing an illusion of environmental purity.”
Her organization has calculated how much carbon dioxide — a major greenhouse gas — is emitted during the transportation of bottled water imported from France and Italy, the two largest exporters to the United States, and Fiji water, which travels much farther. Together they account for 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent, Dr. Solomon said, of the yearly emissions from 700 cars on the road. She called that “a significant contribution to global warming, and fundamentally an unnecessary one.”"
"As part of its low-carbon plan Bon Appétit, the institutional food service company, is switching to domestic bottled waters from imported and is looking at a filtering system using local water and reusable glass bottles for some customers."