It's no surprise that in this rocky economy, people must prioritize their purchases. Luxury items and companies are taking a huge hit, as people prefer to spend their money in a much wiser fashion.
Perhaps I'm an economist's worst nightmare, but is reevaluating how we spend money really such a bad thing from an environmental perspective?
I heard a report on NPR this morning called "Bottled Water Sales Flatten During Recession." The water bottle industry has seen a decrease in sales. Industry analysts suggest that this decline is caused much more by the struggling economy than increased environmental awareness.
It will be interesting to see if these people who used to buy cases of bottle water, and have since stopped in order to save money, will return to plastic bottles or will continue to fill their own. I'm hopeful that this will be an unintentional experiment in the cultivation of eco-consciousness.
It's kind of weird to see someone drinking out of a disposable/recyclable bottle. I guess it's a matter of conditioning, but how difficult is it to fill up a bottle with tap or filtered water?