Say no to bottled water!
Thirsty? Think again before you grab that bottle of water at a café or vending machine. Bottled water has many negative environmental impacts and McGill University is committed to reducing the consumption of bottled water on campus.
Why say no to bottled water
- Creates enormous quantities of waste, most of which is not recycled and ends up in landfills
- Wastes water—each litre of bottled water requires 3 litres of water to produce
- Increases dependence on fossil fuels—plastic bottles are made from petroleum products
- Creates greenhouse gas emissions because it is often transported long distances during shipping and distribution
- Privatizes a public resource by making water a profitable commodity controlled by some of the world’s largest corporations
Bottled water is heavily marketed as a smart and healthful choice, but the truth is that it is no purer or safer than local tap water and much more expensive.
Some things you can do:
- Carry a refillable water container with you to work, class or the gym
- Scope out the location of water fountains and taps near where you study or work
- Request tap water when you eat at a restaurant or attend a special event
- If you prefer the taste of filtered water, use a pitcher-type or other filtration device
What McGill is doing
McGill is committed to significantly reducing bottled water consumption on campus. In addition to raising awareness about the negative impacts of bottled water, McGill is working to:
- Discourage the use of bottled water at campus functions—Bottled water is no longer sold at residential dining facilities or the SSMU building and the University encourages caterers and on-campus food establishments to provide tap water rather than bottled.
- Provide easy access to tap water—The University installed new high-volume filling stations in strategic areas on campus: one in the Bronfman building, one at Leacock and three in the Redpath Library. More filling stations will be added soon and McGill is also committed to retrofitting high-priority drinking fountains to make it easier to fill water containers.
How you can help
Other than tapping into the alternatives listed above, you can help by taking the Bottled Water Survey, the results of which McGill administration will use to guide future initiatives that seek to reduce bottled water consumption across campus.
Bottled Water Free Day takes place each year in March. For more information visit: www.bottledwaterfreeday.ca
Learn more about the impacts of bottled water:
http://www.aashe.org/resources/bottled-water-elimination-and-reduction (McGill ID sign-in required)