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Go Plastic Bottle Water Free

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Sonia Chwalek

on 27 March 2014

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Transcript of Go Plastic Bottle Water Free

Behind the Bottle
The Water Issue
So why do we use plastic water bottles?
Healthier & Safer?
Natural Disasters?
Tastes Better?
Convenient & Cheap?
Recyclable &
Increasingly Greener?
Creates Jobs?

Plastic bottles can leach chemicals over time
Next to no regulations in place to control and monitor the safety of the bottled water companies’ practices and products
Tap water undergoes strict daily testing to ensure quality and safety

Millions of dollars spent each year to convince us tap water is bad
Yet in blind taste tests people can't tell the difference, and many even favor tap water!
Blue Gold (
on Youtube for free
Tapped (
contact me for a copy
The Water Brothers (
on TVO website: http://thewaterbrothers.ca/archives/42
The movement is growing, track it at
The Story of Bottled Water
Water should not be a commodity that can be bought and sold. It is a basic human right, and one which should be protected.

Tap water flows right from your tap!
There is nothing convenient about shipping water thousands of miles from its source
Bottled water costs 240-10,000+ times more per gallon than tap water
Usually bottled water is simply filtered tap water

Bottled water is needed in times of natural disasters and when access to safe drinking water is not available
If you find carrying a reusable bottle is inconvenient, try the Vapur bottles
So how do we stop these massive, globalized companies?

Only ~1/6 bottles produced are recycled
Millions of gallons of oil go into the production and transportation of the plastic bottle
Plastic water bottles can take up to 1000 years to degrade and if burned, release toxic chemicals
Many bottles are down-cycled, or can't be recycled because we are producing so much!

Bottled water facilities employ few people, each plant averaging only around 24 employees
Jobs benefit people from outside the community
More Information
Thank you for your attention!
making the event "Bottled Water Free"
Life Before Profit?
Large bottled water companies limit access to water, both in the global south and in North America
Some bottled water companies have continued to pump water even through droughts
I hope you can now see how important the 'bottled water free' movement is and how easily you can take action to support its growth. We

have the
to make an immediate difference, as individuals and as a collective through our workplace, communities, and clubs/organizations!
Ensuring that our fundraising events are 'bottled water free' is a difficult task, but one which promises also great opportunity. We have the chance to be leaders in our community and to share our message and values in a tangible and direct way. Through committed action we can be the catalyst for real change.
about the campaign
Making a Difference
*estimate 1.5L/per person
Venue with an indoor or outdoor tap water source that is easily accessible: set up a water station for dispensing water from this tap
Event should be advertised as 'bottled water free' with participants, volunteers, and staff, asked to bring a reusable water bottle. Compostable or recylable cups provided in the case a person has forgotten or misplaced their reusable bottle.

Experienced planners recommend providing multiple reminders to attendees, partners, sponsors and others involved about the event being free from bottled water
Typically the positive publicity associated with being involved in an eco-friendly event is encouragement enough for partners or sponsors to get involved. The following are examples of potential partners:

City governments

Public utility commissions

Water filtration companies that may sponsor or lease filtration equipment

Departments of the Environment may help with composting

Public or private waste companies (that may want to promote composting programs)

Departments of Parks and Recreation or other local agencies that manage the grounds on which an event will be held may help with logistical arrangements
Outdoor venues with an existing water line not typically used to provide drinking water: test the water quality and water pressure to ensure adequate flow to serve the number of people expected to attend
Venue without access to tap water: local municipal water utility might be able to offer large water tank trucks for serving stations
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