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London Mayor Joins Anti-Bottle Brigade

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By Grist

February 20, 2008

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has joined the anti-bottle brigade, exhorting Londoners to drink from the sink and declaring that bottled water served to restaurant patrons costs 500 times more than tap water and is 300 times more damaging to the environment.

Launching his "London on Tap" blitz on Tuesday, Livingstone said using fewer bottles would help climate change.

Bottled water, he added, left a higher carbon footprint -- some imported brands travel from as far as New Zealand -- and he urged consumers not to be embarrassed about asking for tap water in restaurants.

"We need to do everything we can to lower these (carbon) emissions," he told reporters. "There is no need to buy the expensive bottled water that has become a bit of a fad in recent years."

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