Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Boston really, really wants you to stop drinking sugar-y drinks.
So much, in fact, that they are making it illegal to sell them on city property. They've even come up with a drink rating system that goes into three categories: red, yellow, and green. How does each one work? Quite like you'd imagine the rules of a traffic light would apply.
City departments apparently have six months to sell off the rest of their soda and sugar-filled juice drinks before facing some consequences. To help push them forward, posters have been put up to reinforce the idea that state "Stop. Rethink Your Drink. Go on Green."
You're probably curious what beverages fall into each category. Below is a quick summary.
- Red: non-diet sodas, sweetened iced teas, sports drinks, etc.
- Yellow: diet sodas, diet iced teas, 100% fruit juices, low calorie sports drinks, sweetened soy milk, flavored/sweetened milk
- Green: bottled water, low fat milk, unsweetened soy milk, regular or flavored seltzer water
I guess it will make a small difference, but it's not going to stop people from going to the store and buying a two liter of coke. Oh well, I guess whatever makes them happy...
To see the official press release and get more information, check it out on the city of Boston's website here.
What do you think about this decision?