Here’s an interesting story from a Universal Press release that the University of Maryland is using a Cathy strip to encourage students to drink tap water instead of bottled water.
“Bottled water has become a popular and controversial product at universities. Since its introduction, the clear liquid in a plastic container with no flavor, no nutritional value and no overt benefit has become hugely popular and is status accessory among college students,” Mullineaux adds.
And, as explained by “Cathy,” 22 billion water bottles are dumped into landfills or incinerators every year. The Change Everything Web site (www.changeeverything.ca), which promotes environmentally friendly living, suggests that refilling reusable water bottles largely decreases the amount of plastic in the waste stream, and provides a cost-effective alternative to bottled water.
My employer recently stopped stocking the kitchen with bottled water for the same reasons. In its place they installed a free soda vending machine and now we’re throwing away hundreds of aluminum cans.