By Corinne Dillon-Johns, Environmental Science major at Drexel University and Sustainability Office Intern
What happens to the 70 million disposable water bottles that are thrown away every day
in America? Only 20% are recycled. Those that end up in landfills take over 450 years to decompose — 5 lifetimes for something that only took about 5 minutes to use. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way.
At Westtown, we are creating a sustainable future by Taking Back the Tap, and saying “no” to the use of disposable plastic water bottles.
Currently, reusable, BPA-free water bottles are being sold around campus to promote tap water. And thanks to the Middle School Green Moose Environmental Group, two new Hydration Stations have been installed at in the Athletic Center. They even tell you how many disposable bottles you are keeping out of the landfill by choosing tap water. The energy required to produce bottled water is about 2,000 times the energy required to produce tap water.
If energy consumption isn’t your thing, then think about your wallet. Single-use bottles require processing, bottling, sealing, and labeling, all of which have an additional price tag.
Industries want us to believe that bottled water is cleaner and purer than tap, but in reality, 44% of bottled water in the U.S. comes from municipal tap water. That’s right, you are paying money to have someone bottle the water that comes out of your own faucet. What’s next, bottled air?
(Full story on bottled air protest: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2588788/China-sells-BOTTLED-AIR-tourists.html)
You can learn more about Taking Back the Tap from the Food and Water Watch website here: https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/take-back-the-tap/
Join Westtown’s sustainability efforts today and help us take back the tap!