Butchart Gardens bans sale of bottled water

'In this world either you are part of the solution or you are part of the problem,' says food director at popular Victoria tourist attraction.

'In this world either you are part of the solution or you are part of the problem,' says food director

Butchart Gardens says ending the sale of bottled water will keep 80,000 single-use plastic water bottles out of the environment each year. (Butchart Gardens)

Butchart Gardens has banned single-use plastic water bottles in an effort to help the battle against harmful plastics in environment.

The popular tourist attraction near Victoria, B.C., made the announcement to mark World Water Day. It says the move will eliminate about 80,000 plastic bottles from the environment each year.

"We hope we are going to bring forward an awareness that in this world either you are part of the solution or you are part of the problem," said Bob Parrotta, the director of food services for Butchart Gardens.

Parotta said he pitched the idea to the owners of the attraction about a year ago after discussions with others about the environmental impact of the single-use water bottles.

"We all individually have to make our own decisions to go forward in a manner that is healthier for the world, the earth, and for ourselves," Parotta told On The Islandhost Gregor Craigie. 

"If by what we are doing here we can help other people make a decision to make that change in their life, then we just feel that we are better for it."

Visitors are being encouraged to bring re-usable water bottles that can be filled at several drinking water stations located around the property.

Butchart Gardens is also now selling re-usable souvenir water bottles for $3.95 — the same price it used to charge for a bottle of water.

with files from On The Island