Think Outside the Bottle
Westminster College is challenging its students to Think Outside the Bottle.
Think Outside the Bottle is a national Campaign to challenge the corporate control over water and promote the use of tap water nationwide.
Because: we as a country purchase 37 billion bottles of water each year.
Because: it takes 47 million gallons of oil to produce enough plastic water bottles for American consumers alone
Because: we at Westminster currently help fuel this industry by purchasing about 51,120 bottles of water each year. This means that Westminster as an institution wastes about 255,600oz of water and 500 gallons of oil per year in order to manufacture the bottles water we purchase.
Because: eliminating these habits would be like taking 100,000 cars off the road and 1 billion lbs of CO2 out of the atmosphere as well as keep billions of dollars in our pockets.
Because: America throws away 86% of all bottled water consumed regardless of recycling programs. This means that 31 billion bottles of water end up in landfills each year in the United States alone.
Because: water is a human right and not a commodity to be bought and sold for profit. the Westminster community should not have to spend thousands of dollars a year on a product that is essentially the same as the water we drink for free from our taps and fountains.
Because: bottled water corporations have undermined our confidence in our public water systems. It is paramount for the Westminster community to reverse this trend to ensure safe public water systems in the future.
Because: we at Westminster need to live environmentally conscious lives in order to ensure that future generations of people can enjoy the same activities we do!
Think Outside the Bottle!
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