Water Bottle Wednesday

American consumers are drinking more bottled water
every year, in part

because they believe it is somehow safer than tap water. However, according to the National Resources Defense Council, as much as 40 percent of bottled water is actually from a tap.

At least 90 percent of the price of a bottle of water is for things other than the water itself, like bottling, packaging, shipping and marketing.

In addition to avoiding contaminants, giving up bottled water also benefits our environment.

Worldwide, the bottling of water uses about 2.7 million tons of plastic each year. In the end, about 86% of empty plastic water bottles in the United States land in the garbage instead of being recycled.

Furthermore, the chemicals found in disposable bottles can leach toxic chemicals into your drinking water. Extreme temperatures speed up this process and since we don't know how our water was stored and shipped before we receive it, we really have no idea how safe it is.


Help to encourage students to carry re-usable water bottles with the attached documents below. The "main" poster for the day and the "sides" can be re-printed and posted on a tri-fold display and the guide can be printed as a hand-out - preferably 2 on a page, double-sided, of course!  
 
Printing the stickers (with a place for the student to put their name, to label their bottle as their own) is a fun way to entice people to the tabling event every day of the Sustainable Living Week!
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Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 22, 2011, 9:58 AM
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Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 24, 2011, 6:56 PM
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Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 24, 2011, 6:55 PM
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Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 24, 2011, 6:56 PM
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