Macalester, St Ben's ban sale of bottled water

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Sep 5, 2011 at 9:11 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, a couple of Minnesota schools have joined a national movement to rid college campuses of disposable water bottles.     

According to the Star Tribune, the College of St. Benedict became the first school in Minnesota, and the ninth in the nation, to ban the sale and purchase of plain bottled water on campus.


Macalaster started a similar policy this month.


The bans have been tricky. And the bottled water industry says bottled water is better than other packaged beverages because it's healthier and has a smaller environmental footprint.


Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota, Morris, have decided against bans for now. But those schools say they are trying to reduce consumption of bottled water by promoting tap water instead.

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