The art of politics has never been easy, but in Brussels it seems to be very thirsty work. That is because last year the European Parliament used over a million plastic water bottles – roughly 8,000 a day. Fed up with the mountain of waste, some MEPs are calling for alternatives.
Dutch Socialist MEP Judith Merkies complained: “We don’t no need to drink water from plastic bottles. There are plenty of good alternatives. So, as legislators, we made laws for others to become more resource efficient. We should start very close by, actually, in our home. And become more resource efficient ourselves and start to drink, from the tap, from dispensers, but at least, abolish the plastic bottles.”
The idea of cutting the amount of plastic water bottles used is similar to that adopted by the Danish presidency, which decided to stop using bottled water at EU Council summits.