Oct 212012

It’s tempting to believe the scenic images of mountain  top springs on packaged bottle water, but unfortunately, many of those images are misleading. In fact,the regulations for tap water are often even more strict than those for bottled water and more than 40% of bottled water comes from a municipal supply. Very often, bottled water is tap water treated, purified, and labeled differently sold back to the public at a ridiculously high price.Bottled water, is of course, also regulated for safety but it is regulated by the FDA( The Food and Drug Administration) while tap water is regulated by the EPA( Environmental Protection Agency). Since the FDA considers bottled water a low-risk product, some bottled water plants aren’t even inspected every year. In addition, FDA oversight doesn’t even apply to water that is packaged and sold within the same state, which leaves about 60 to 70% of bottled water free of FDA regulation, according to the National Resources Defense Council. Taking that into consideration, it’s more likely that you’re drinking better regulated and tested water from your kitchen sink, then from a bottle.

An enormous amount of waste and money is also produced from the manufacturing of bottled water. Americans consume about 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water, and 53 billion gallons are consumed globally which generates about 61 billion dollars. That’s a lot of money that could be saved by simply filling up a reusable water bottle with tap water. Additionally, 17 million barrels of oil are used in the production of water bottles yearly, which is enough to fuel a million cars for a year! If tap water was the go-to in America, and globally, we would  not only save billions on the production of bottled water and be able to use that money for more productive projects, but also have more reassurance that the water we are drinking has been regulated and is safer than some bottled waters. The healthier, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly choice is tap. Take back the tap!

Did you know? It actually takes the 3 times the amount of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it!



Food Day was an amazing success!! We had over 200 people sign the pledge to use water more sustainability If you came by but didn’t get a mason jar, please come by the Bard Office of Sustainability to sign the Pledge  and pick up your free mason jar!  The month of November we will be talking about carbon emissions building up to the wedge game in December..Carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning are projected to double in the next 50 years, unless we find a way to lower our emissions. Check our Facebook page and this blog to see ways you can decrease your carbon footprint!

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  1. […] in sustainability, Bard College is also implementing sustainable practices on campus including reducing deliveries of bottled water, recycling waste, operating a free campus shuttle and participating in a Zipcar car sharing […]

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