Ban the Bottle, Try the Tap! 2010
During Earth Week the Brownies at Towne Meadow Elementary School engaged students with an educational campaign demonstrating the amount of energy consumed and waste produced by buying and using disposable water bottles. They hope to encourage students to only use disposable water bottles when other options are not available.
Here are just a few of their Earth Week activities:
- Completed bulletin board depicting “5 Reasons Not to Drink Bottled Water”
- Explained project and its purpose during morning announcements
- Completed display board for use in cafeteria that showed the impact just one student can have by bringing a reusable bottle from home
- Built two displays out of 112 discarded water bottles each from the cafeteria to help students visualize the number of bottles per day consumed in their school lunch room
- Hung “Ban the bottle, Try the tap!” posters above school water fountains
- Showed ABC News segment, “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” to entire school
- Provided the same information to the parents through the Friday Flyers
Did you know?
- Bottled water costs about 500-5,000 times more than tap water
- 40% of bottled water is tap water
- Bottled water is not cleaner or healthier than tap water, and its quality is regulated less
- 86% of plastic water bottles used in the U.S. are not recycled and end up in landfills
- The total estimated energy needed to make, transport, and dispose of one bottle of water is equivalent to filling the same bottle one-quarter full of oil
Do the Math: In 2006, Americans consumed 31 billion liters of bottled water, or 62 billion half-liter bottles. Assuming each bottle is about 20 cm high, five water bottles would measure a meter, and 62 billion bottles make 12.4 billion meters or 12.4 million km. The moon is about 384,399 km away from Earth on average. Therefore, stacked end-to-end, the water bottles used by Americans in 2006 would stretch to the moon and back over 16 times.