Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. rayannina

    rayannina said, over 3 years ago

    Did you know it takes on average 60 ounces of water to produce a 20-ounce plastic disposable water bottle? Not counting the extra 20 oz. of filtered tap water they pour into it …

    (Source: Blood:Water Mission.)

  2. Earl  Wash

    Earl Wash said, over 3 years ago

    Get my gallon jugs refilled at the store with filtered water for only 30 cents…and just keep reusing the jugs.

  3. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Hmm and all this time I thought that water bottles were made of plastic…

    I’ve never been much on bottled water, having been spoiled by living in places with good tap water, but if I lived in places with horrible water, I think I’d use alternatives, too. That’s no excuse not to recycle the bottles, though.

    My stint in california kinda made me wonder why the state doesn’t even recycle soda bottles, much less water bottles, having a handful of “redemption centers” that most persons would have to drive hundreds of miles to reach. Thus few persons recycled much of anything in California. Since I’d drive back home to Oregon on the weekends, I’d just recycle up here, where most things have been recycled since the 1980s, except a few holdouts like Ashland that refuse to recycle.

    Or at least they didn’t when I was there in the late 1990s, despite all the “holier than thou” econuts living there. They also, finally, had to be ordered by the State to stop dumping their sewage into Ashland Creek (a tributary of Bear Creek) and build a new sewage plant. Bear Creek, that runs though the valley and into the Rogue frequently got untreated sewage from the town. Even then, they decided not to treat the runoff from the storm drains! Hypocrites… Kinda like cartoonists.

  4. harmgb

    harmgb said, over 3 years ago

    So do all of you pick up bottles? Yes, I do (and curse those who littered) Someone who picks up trash can make a real difference :)

  5. kreole

    kreole said, over 3 years ago

    Nabuquduriuzhur….Treat runoff from storm drains? What? You gotta be kidding…that’s rain water!

  6. Jahosacat

    Jahosacat GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Wish there was a way to share this on Facebook!

  7. Bob Ress

    Bob Ress said, over 3 years ago

    See that little “SHARE” button on the left?

  8. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    It really is sad how much bottled water we use, but hopefully it’s getting better.

    @Darkeforce - very true! The only time I’ve needed to buy bottled water was to bring it for an event for a group of kids. But people just need to get in the habit of bringing their own in a reusable bottle… why do I need to bring water for everyone’s kid?

    @kreole - rain water needs to be treated too

  9. CoghlanCanada

    CoghlanCanada said, over 3 years ago

    I am shocked that California of all places does not have a recycling program. I haven’t lived anywhere that didn’t, between 3 different Canadian cities and one in New Zealand. I just thought it was standard by now. Why do Californians put up with being so behind the times?

  10. vanpelt

    vanpelt GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Nabuquduriuzhur, plastics manufacturing uses a lot of water.

    What’s that about cartoonists being hypocrites? What do you base that on?

  11. vzs1022

    vzs1022 said, over 3 years ago

    Recycle, recycle, recycle. We put a recycle container up at the YMCA and folks still throw their plastic bottles in the trash. If I see them in the trash I will pull them out and recycle them. Yay Jan for doing a strip in preparation for Earth Day.

  12. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, over 3 years ago

    This strip reminds of state fair I attended to help work at my b/i/l and sister’s booth. Never seen so many empty water bottles in trash containers. Good and bad idea. Why not get plastic cups and carry them around then refill with water.

  13. RadioTom

    RadioTom said, over 3 years ago

    You DO know that Evian® is actually naive spelled backwards, right? IOW, let’s sell $0.20 worth of water in a bottle and charge $1.25 for it!

  14. cbrsarah

    cbrsarah said, over 3 years ago

    When I was growing up, there was no bottled water. There were no plastic bottles either. There was soda, beer and the milk from the dairy (if you didn’t get it at the store). They were all in glass bottles and you brought them back for the deposit. They were sent back to the companies where they were washed and sterilized for reuse. The dairy would pick up the empty bottles for the same reason. You never saw a chipped or cracked bottle as they were probably inspected before reusing to keep them out of circulation. Maybe it’s time to go back to that system.

  15. Ron

    Ron GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    lightenup - yeah, especially if the rain water is from Japan, eh?

    I don’t know why all the hubbub over this… the plastic bottles will degrade in a couple thousand years, right?

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