Ban the Bottle Genna Gold, Joel GUTIERREZ & arreale davis

Why ditch plastics?

With Americans sending about 38 billion water bottles a year to landfills, the environmental impact of plastic bottle waste is truly staggering; that's why Ban the Bottle was created. BtB advocates for a simple commitment to reduce personal waste by giving up bottled water.* We decided to take it one step further and attempt to ban all plastic bottles from campus.

  • Americans use about 50 billion plastic water bottles annually. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.*
  • Making bottles to meet America’s demand uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year.*
  • The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes.*
  • The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.*
  • In the United States, 24 percent of bottled water sold is either Pepsi’s Aquafina (13 percent of the market) or Coke’s Dasani (11 percent of the market). Both brands are bottled, purified municipal water.*
  • In the U.S., public water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requires multiple daily tests for bacteria and makes results available to the public. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates bottled water, only requires weekly testing and does not share its findings with the EPA or the public.*
  • According to ABC7 News, "In its annual drinking water quality report, the department [LADWP] found that the nearly 160 billion gallons of drinking water provided, met or exceeded all drinking water standards for health, cleanliness and safety."*

Our Ultimate Goal:

  • To have CSUN ban the sale of all drinks in one-use plastic bottles.
  • Build campus-wide awareness of plastic pollution.

Our Semester Goal:

To set up a solid platform and find specific, passionate people to carry on the campaign after we have all graduated.

  • At least 300 signatures on the petition by the end of the semester
  • Pre-made signs post around campus
  • List of pertinent names and phone numbers
  • Suggestions to move ban along for next semester's 401 class

Alternatives:

Accomplishments So Far:

  • Received 338 responses backing our ban
  • Received backing of ban from President Diane Harrison
  • Featured in CSUN's newspaper The Sundial
  • Featured in the Institute for Sustainability's newsletter
  • Listed on Ban the Bottle website as officially part of the campaign
  • Save Green Go Green event
  • Tapped movie screening
  • Tabled on campus; collected signatures and built-up awareness of plastic pollution.
  • Tabled at CSUN's Earth Fair; received over 150 signatures backing the ban

Barriers:

  • Main Set Back - The 5 year Pepsi contract turns out to be a 10 year contract; 8 years remaining
  • The University Corporation (TUC) must see significant drop in Aquafina sales to consider renegotiating with Pepsi
  • TUC suggested to change the campaign from 'Ban the Bottle' to 'Take Back the Tap'
  • Convenience of bottles; fear of change

*Sources:

  • https://www.banthebottle.net/
  • Cota-Robles, M. (2017, April 12). LA tap water as clean as bottled water; LADWP report finds. Retrieved May 12, 2017, from http://abc7.com/news/la-tap-water-as-clean-as-bottled-water;-ladwp-report-finds/1861985/.
  • Fishman, Charles. "Message in a Bottle." Fast Company Magazine July 2007: 110.
  • Arnold, Emily, and Janet Larsen. "Bottled Water: Pouring Resources Down the Drain." Earth Policy Institute. 2 Feb. 2006. 28 June 2007.

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