College Campus Ban Plastic Water Bottles

College campuses across the US are moving away from single-use disposable water bottles. There are over a dozen colleges in the US and Canada who have banned plastic water bottles. Many schools are implanting hydration stations to provide easy outlets for refilling reusable water bottles. This push to ban disposable plastic water bottles has been led by student run organizations as well as school administrators striving for a more sustainable campus. There has been some resistance from large corporations as well as students who believe in the right to choice.

The article points out that “Bottled water consumption has more than doubled in past decade, from 13.4 gallons to 29.3 gallons per person from 1997 to 2007, although demand has tapered off during the past three years. Part of the ambivalence stems from realizations that most bottled water is glorified filtered tap water, as well as concerns over chemicals like phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) leaching from plastic containers into liquids. In addition, more consumers are realizing that 80% of plastic water bottles end up in landfills and incinerators, adding up to tremendous amounts of waste.”

All in all, it is great to see that college students and campuses are realizing harmful effects plastic water bottles have on us and our environment.


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