10 Nov '11, 7pm

How Coke reversed a bottle ban in the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is very beautiful, except when it's covered with disposable Dasani bottles left by littering tourists, which is a major problem for the park. So the National Park Service decided to ban disposable bottles. But then a bigwig at Coca Cola, which has donated $13 million to the park service over the years, called the head of the National Park Service and expressed his concern about the bottle ban, reports the New York Times . Mr. Martin, a 35-year veteran of the park service who had risen to the No. 2 post in 2003, was disheartened by the outcome. “That was upsetting news because of what I felt were ethical issues surrounding the idea of being influenced unduly by business,” Mr. Martin said in an interview. “It was even more of a concern because we had worked with all the people who would be truly affected in their sales and bottom line, and they accepted it.”...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-11-10-how-coca-cola-strong...

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