It Takes a Colombian Village to Bottle Green Water
by Miranda SpencerWhen people think about sustainable business or restoring the environment, selling bottled water is the last thing on their minds. But the residents of the remote, rural eco-village of Las Gaviotas, Colombia (population around 200) and their international allies have begun to do just that—market their pure, surplus water to Americans through a grassroots network of mostly volunteers. Despite the cross-continental transportation and plastic bottles required, they expect the project not only to have a neutral or negative “footprint,” but also to support the growth and duplication of this model community and the ambitious reforestation project that supports it. Understanding how that’s possible requires a little Gaviotas history….