Here’s a good news story. Colleges are starting to ban throwaway plastic water bottles! The article is mainly about the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, but it mentions 14 other colleges in the U.S. and Canada that have complete bans, and several that have bans on some parts of the campus.
Instead of students bringing disposable water bottles, colleges have been installing stations where students can refill their own water bottles. They even call these water fountains “Hydration Stations,” which is an incredibly catchy name.
The bans have mostly been started by students, who say that they grab onto the opportunity as a “way to make a difference.” last weeks blog was more about the negative mindset of: “Oh, I don’t want that to change because it might inconvenience me in the short run, even if it’s better for the environment in the long term.” This week, we have students all over the country who are being proactive and making students like me look bad. Great, if this keeps up, I’ll have to find something around my own school I can change.
Of course, as is always the case, this upsets somebody. The “Minnesota College Republicans” have actually been handing out plastic water bottles to people passing by. Their argument is that by banning throwaway plastic water bottles, students’ free choice is being taken away. A man from the International Bottled Water Association who was there said that he was upset by the amount of false information circulating about bottled water during debates.
Now that might be true for all I know (See? I’m so unbiased!), but I can’t think of how a flimsy little throwaway plastic water bottle has any advantage over one that you can use again, especially if there’s an easy way to fill them up right on campus for free!
Also, after these kinds of articles, all sorts of unsavory characters come out of the woodwork of the internet to leave comments. If you want to know how tap water will give you cancer or how water is poisoning all the animals, go read those. Feel free to leave your own comments here though! Just don’t hurt my feelings too badly, I have terribly low self esteem and might skulk around for a while if some internet man mocks me again.