When the Planet Organic store first opened on Essex Road last year, I was quite excited.
It’s not somewhere I’d shop every day, but it’s nice to know it’s there. But as I pass it every time I go to the Angel or beyond, I’ve got increasingly irritated by the display of bottled water in the window.
Planet Organic, after all, prides itself on being a green, healthy choice. And selling bottled water is neither.
I’ve written to the company as follows:
“I am very disappointed to see that the Planet Organic store in Islington sells bottled water. This is completely at odds with your ethos and sends a dangerous message that bottled water is a respectable environmental choice. It is not.
“Producing and delivering a litre of bottled water emits hundreds of times as much greenhouse gas as a litre of tap water. In the UK, we spend approaching £2 billion on bottled water when a billion people around the world don’t have safe water. Importing water takes this most essential resource from more needy communities. Shipping water violates every principle of food miles. And using plastic bottles is environmentally irresponsible.
“I have searched your website in vain for any reference to selling water or your policy on this topic.
“Planet Organic has been proud of its record on plastic bags, which makes this particularly disappointing. Ignorance is no defence. You have already shown that you know better.
“I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible that you will be withdrawing bottled water from your stores.”
I’ll post any reply when I get it. In the meantime, if you support this campaign, please join the Facebook group and get your friends to join too.