You’re committed to providing the safest working environment possible to your employees. For this reason, you offer purified bottled water so they can stay hydrated throughout the workday. After all, bottled water is safer than tap water, right?
If your company’s office is like most in the United States, employees are probably provided water in plastic bottles kept in the break room refrigerator or vending machine. While these might seem like the most convenient option for offering healthy hydration in the workplace, have you considered the environmental ramifications?
It’s important to get the appropriate amount of water each day to help the body work efficiently. However, when the fluids you consume are stored in disposable plastic bottles, a variety of consequences come with each sip you take.
Disposable plastics harm the planet in numerous ways. When tossed into the trash, these products end up in landfills across the country and could take years to break down, if at all. This can also leach harmful toxins into the soil, which runs directly into water lines and further poisons infrastructure systems. In addition to creating environmental concerns, disposable plastics also lead to significant health ailments.
When you think of a gym and wellness center, you likely imagine a facility full of exercise equipment, resistance-training machines and sweaty people. You may get thirsty and reach for a water bottle just thinking of those images, but in one New Jersey town, you won’t be able to grab a plastic container if you’re at its local gym.
Education systems across the United States have made unique attempts at positively impacting the environment. Many of today’s youth have created pressure to ban the sale of water bottles on school grounds and to encourage students to consider the consequences of using disposable plastics over reusable containers. Overall, approximately 90 colleges and universities have banned or restricted the sale of water bottles on their campuses.
Bottled water opponents seem to be popping up all over the United States. These consumers believe plastic disposable containers are doing more harm than good in today’s society for a variety of reasons, and in Massachusetts, water bottles may soon be a thing of the past.
Students and teachers across the United States have begun to consider alternative ways to provide people with high-quality drinking water. While bottled water was thought to be the healthy option in the beverage aisle at the supermarket and campus store, the environmental consequences often outweigh the convenience these containers offer users.
Education systems across North America have made strides in reducing their consumption of bottled water. Disposable containers contribute to the vast amount of waste that ends up in landfills around the world, polluting the planet and posing threats to sustainable life. However, many students have realized that water flowing from the faucet often provides better-tasting and more refreshing water.
In recent years, there has been an increase in environmental awareness among Americans. Clean energy is a serious topic, going green at work is becoming a more popular initiative, and it’s no longer hip to drive a large SUV down the street to pick up groceries when more efficient hybrids are now mainstream. This trend is seeping into government; consider Concord, Massachusetts, where it’s now illegal to purchase plastic water bottles. Maybe there’s finally something good spreading in the water?
In Vermont, lawmakers are attempting to implement a groundbreaking law to promote recycling and stop trash from going to landfills, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. However, a Vermont Senate committee slowed down the process in April 2012 as it debated an expansion on the prospective reform bill that would include new measures to govern bottle deposits and ban plastic grocery bags in the state.