Del Posto, the famous Italian restaurant in New York, has joined the line-up of several restaurants in the city of San Francisco and the state of New York that are steering clear of bottled water.
At the Del Posto, which is backed by such restauranteer celebrities as Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich, diners can share an entree of wild branzino fish with roasted fennel and peperonata concentrato for $130 along with a bottle of Dom Perignon that will set you back $3,600. However, the very same diners cannot get bottled water …
According to Joseph Bastianich, who is doing away with bottled water in phases across his restaurant empire, there is a “compelling and obvious” need to use local water in view of transportation, packaging, and the “absurdity” of moving water all over the world.
Across the world, water is getting more and more scarce.
According to Brooke Barton, manager of corporate accountability for Ceres, a network of environmental groups and investors involved in addressing challenges related to sustainability, about one-third of the people of the world now live in areas of “water stress.” And, by the year 2025, it could be about two-thirds, she says.
Public and consumer concerns over the environment are, meanwhile, hitting the sales of bottled-water and beverage giants such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, and SABMiller.