Every second, Americans consume over 1500 plastic water bottles. 80% of these bottles end up in landfills or incinerators after they are used. The waste caused by the manufacture and disposal of this product creates an extreme and lasting environmental impact that our planet cannot continue to sustain.
The concept of packaging and selling a natural resource that is as readily available to us as clean water just doesn’t make any sense. In the United States we are fortunate enough to not have to worry about finding safe drinking water, but we are still being tricked into thinking that expensive non-reusable containers of water are somehow better than the water from the tap.
On a college campus, the use of disposable water bottles is even more unnecessary than in other locations. Every building has at least one drinking fountain with clean and safe water, and many have hydration stations that fill large bottles in seconds. The convenience of finding clean drinking water from the tap makes it exceptionally easy to avoid spending money on water bottles.
By refusing to purchase bottled water, a college campus community can substantially decrease the plastic waste generated each year. Not only does this shift in behavior reduce the impact on the environment, but it also saves money. Join the TAP Initiative and help the Notre Dame campus take away plastic.