Disposal Of Bottled Water
Do you love water? Of course you do, water is one of the most important things on the planet! Though, do you believe we as consumers should be charged $1.50 for only 20 oz of it? Well then you should know that many Americans believe that with bottled water comes a healthier them, they are convinced that their bottled water is a status symbol. Many Americans are still just blind to the fact that their bottled water is municipal or tap water and that the only real difference comes from a price tag. Throughout this paper you will learn about alternatives to bottled water, its advantages and disadvantages, and also about the environmental impact created by bottled water. By the end you will see I have created a solution that will benefit the community and in time the world.
To start out this paper with the advantages of both tap and bottled. Then my paper will move onto the disadvantages of both.
Tap Advantages Bottled
Environmentally Safe Healthy
Well informed about what’s in it, and nearly endless supply
Tap Disadvantages Bottled
May be inconvenient Bad for the environment
Not cleanliest in some places Most of the time is plain tap water
May taste odd Expensive
As you can you see from above bottled water is far outweighed against tap water. You may also be wondering what was meant by “bad for the environment” and “Most the time is just plain tap water”. Let, me now some facts about bottled water and the environment. 40% of all bottled water comes from city tap water. Millions of dollars a week are spent on advertising to make consumers believe that bottled water comes from springs or “magical” places. There are over 50 million barrels of oil are used in producing water bottles.(Anne,Par.1) Of all the bottled water sold only 20% of the bottles makes their way to a recycling center. The othere 80% sit in a landfill for over 800 years before they even start to decompose! With all the energy and fuels used to produce these bottles and the fossil fuels used to ship them, the impact on the earth has been huge.(Earth,Pg.4-7)
There is a cartoon I believe fits perfectly into these facts…
These are all things that we as inhabitants of earth can reduce daily. With the installation of a home filter or buying a reusable bottle, we can each reduce the manufacturing of thousands of bottles.
You might also be confused as to how exactly recycling is done. Summed up, recycling is just the process of reprocessing old used materials in order to recreate new materials. The process of recycling does in fact reduce greenhouse gas emissions, compared to a virgin product being made. (Price, Pg.4) But, if we were all to buy reusable water bottle and a filter, greenhouse gases would be lowered even more!
As mentioned earlier, millions are spent to make bottled appear more attractive and healthier. Environmentalists have started questioning bottled water, and the major companies have shot back trying to make people question their tap safety. From many companies playing on the chemicals found in some tap water to just a plain simple question “Is your water safe?” When cities tried to promote tap water it came out “It really just made me not want our tap water.” Says a local New Yorker below I have posted some of anti-bottle ads.
My main problem is why people pay more for bottled water than gasoline? In my personal opnion it is definitely worth investing in a filter and a water bottle you can use multiple times safely. I say safely because it is that with a period of heat or the reusing of a bottle can cause chemicals to leech into water, while a nine dollar filter and a Sigg water bottle will cost you close to 30 dollars, which is in my opnion one of the greatest investments you will ever make. A recent study shows that bottled water can be anywhere from 500-1000 times more expensive per gallon than tap water. This mark-up is cause by label, “source”(spring,mountain, or what ever you’ll buy into), quality, and location. So, as mentioned before all you are paying for is a “status” symbol. (Philip, Par. 8)
Many people and even places have realized that bottled is bad. Some schools such as Nerinx Hall High School in Minnesota no longer serve bottled water anywhere on campus, they instead use refillable bottles. Many schools in Florence, Italy also have caught on and provide all tables at lunch with pitchers of filtered tap water. Though, the real anti-bottle movement is in Chicago and California. In California six major cities signed a bill stating that city funds may no longer buy bottled water these cities include Davis, L.A, San Jose, San Francisco, Emeryville, and Santa Barbara. California has also raised the annual fee to own a vending machine that sells bottled water from $10 to $40! Chicago, on the other hand, decided to initiate a new tax of 5 cents a bottle(Hartman,Pg.1). In addition to these, many local businesses and places encourage recycling, such as king county which has a project called Project Driveway, which makes recycling appealing to younger kids.(Pure, Par. 9)
My plan for helping here is to propose to the school board to possibly remove bottled water from the Northshore School District, or possibly just Timbercrest. I would also like to have a small amount of funds going to providing students with refillable water bottles. I believe that this plan is reasonable and workable. We could also get possibly recycling to be taught in school via either science our health. Either way I believe that by following through with this we could make Washington more eco-friendly.
Throughout this paper I hope you have learned about recycling and how you as inhabitant of earth can help, by doing very simple things. So once again just don’t be one of the American’s that believe with that three dollar bottle comes some better health. Understand you pay for a status symbol and the only real difference is a price tag.
Contact Northshore School Board and schedule a meeting. Phone, Notebook, Pencil, PowerPoint showing bottled water information. 3-4 Days
Talk to NSD about providing refillable bottles Facts, PowerPoint, Examples 4 Hours
Schedule another meeting Phone, Notebook, Pencil 1 Hour
Research bottled water in NSD. Help of Cafeteria, School Board, Bottled Water Vendors, and Woodinville Recycling 1 Week
Propose to School Board removing NSD bottled water. PowerPoint, Facts, Solid Plan 3 Hours
Contact Mr. Little about teaching some recycling information. Plan, Constant Work, Guide, Frequent Help 3-4 Months
Try to get more schools inviolved. Hope, Help from Friends and Family, Phone, PowerPoints, Lots of Info