All across North America, students and faculty members are joining forces to ban the bottle on campus. The inordinate waste of disposable plastic water bottles has plagued the environment for far too long, and with a few simple changes, a school, business or government agency can make worthwhile changes in their consumption of water.
Businesses that operate in small communities can make a big environmental impact by removing their wasteful jug water coolers in favor of more sustainable water dispensers. The bottled water industry has invaded many aspects of daily life, boosting their marketing efforts to increase disposable bottled water and jug water cooler sales. However, many consumers are unaware of the negative impacts these products have on communities and the planet.
Many educational institutes all over the world have begun to ban the sale of disposable plastic water bottles on their campuses. Recently, Vanier College, an English-language public school located in Montreal, Quebec, banned the bottle from school cafeterias and on site marketplaces. This resolution is meant to develop a more sustainable operation on school grounds, and reduce the amount of waste created by students and faculty daily.
The bottled water industry wastes an enormous amount of energy and resources each year to produce the products many people purchase from supermarkets all across the United States. Bottled water is shipped from distant sources and wastes vital amounts of fossil fuels, which leads to a decrease in air quality and an increase in solid waste build up in landfills.
Business owners spend many hours finding ways to store necessary office supplies in their facilities. Beyond the printer, ink cartridges, pads of paper and folders, they have to worry about making room for the large jugs of water that are delivered regularly for their water coolers. These disposable plastic jugs take up space and are bad for the environment. Finding a way to eliminate jugs from the workplace may save a business money and help owners make room for more essential supplies.
Many Americans do not appreciate the value of clean, refreshing tap water. In third-world countries, people have to travel for miles to find pure water to drink, and even then the supply is limited.
In 2009, Americans spent $10.6 billion on bottled water – up to 1,000 times the cost of tap water, reports Food & Water Watch. What’s more, almost half of all bottled water (48.7 percent) came from municipal tap water supplies that same year.
Drinking water is essential for a healthy body and mind, but when people improperly dispose of their plastic bottles, they leave a negative impact on the environment. There are numerous other ways to stay hydrated throughout the day, using reusable containers is a more viable option.
Business owners who manage gym facilities may believe they’re proactively keeping their customers safe by offering bottled water in-house, but they’re actually doing a disservice to the planet and the people exercising.
Bottled water wastes an enormous amount of fossil fuels during production and transport. In fact, bottled water production in the United States used 32 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles, and 54 million barrels of oil to transport those bottles in 2007 – enough to fuel about 1.5 million cars for a year, reports Food & Water Watch.