(Bring Your Own water Bottle)
If you’re planning a road trip to UVM any time soon, make sure to remember your nalgene! As of Monday, UVM became one of 23 college campuses and the first public university to ban the sale of water bottles. In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, the campus has turned all of their water fountains into bottle filling stations (you’ve probably noticed similar ones around Middlebury College).
Colleges aren’t the only ones participating in this movement. This month, Concord, Mass. became the first US city to prohibit the sale of individual water bottles in stores, with hope that other towns will soon do the same.
The production of plastic water bottles uses between 32 million and 54 million barrels of oil each year to produce a commodity that is rarely recycled! it has been shown that more than 75% of these plastic bottles will be thrown to waste. Plus, in addition to being bad for the environment, buying water bottles will also hurt your wallet.
Want more ways to reduce your carbon footprint? Check out these tips from the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College.