Bottled water boycott in some Midwest restaurants

Smoking is disappearing from bars and restaurants, not just in Kansas City but across the country.

Will bottled water be next?

Some restaurants in St. Louis and Minneapolis pledged last week to reduce or eliminate the sale of bottled water, following the lead of eateries in several other cities. A lot of fuel is used to make and ship the water containers, and most end up in landfills, say supporters of bottled-water boycotts.

So far, Kansas City restaurants have not jumped on the environmental bandwagon in any organized fashion. But that doesn’t mean you can get bottled water in every restaurant.

If customers ask for bottled water at the Blue Bird Bistro at 1700 Summit St. in Kansas City, they get filtered tap water served from a recycled wine bottle.

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