The bottling of water, although seems trivial, plays a major role in the pollution of our environment. There are environmental costs when extracting the water, producing the plastic for the bottle, and shipping of the water bottles to stores. When looking at what something so simple as a plastic water bottle does to the environment, it’s strange to think that people are still purchasing them.
A girl that I live with here in Guelph returned home after Christmas break and brought back with her a massive case of bottled water. This is not the first time someone I live with has done this and each time they do I give them the same old speech. “Why are you buying bottled water? Not only is it a waste of resources and harmful to the environment, but it also costs money! We are university student, we don’t have money to throw down the drain!” My rant doesn’t end there. Dasani bottled water has its bottling plant located in Brampton, therefore, Dasani water is simply Brampton’s tap water. Brampton is where I’m from so my ramble usually ends with, “If you want Brampton tap water so badly come to my house and I’ll fill up all the bottles of water you want with water from my kitchen sink!” After I give this annoying speech and after my roommates claim that I’m just being a hippie, they explain that when buying bottled water it’s just a bottle of water. They don’t think about where it comes from or where it goes. I believe that the public should be more informed about the major implications that come along with purchasing bottled water. If people know exactly how they are impacting the environment, they may be more inclined to do something about it.
Another idea is for countries or cities to do their part in working to slow down the production of bottled water or even stop it completely. A city in Australia banned bottled water from being sold in stores within the city. This is a great way to stop the production of bottled water. If people’s demand for bottled water declines then the suppliers will have no choice but to decrease their output. Although Canada has yet to do what other cities have, we are doing what we can to limit the amount of pollution from bottled water. 97% of the population in Canada has access to recycling facilities and recycling rates in Canada range from 60% to 85%. This gives me hope for Canada and the environment.
Using a reusable water bottle can help in decreasing our pollution and saves you, a water drinker, from having to continuously spend money on something that is free from the tap. The University of Guelph is great for stationing water fountains around in the library and lecture halls. Take full advantage of this and go out and buy a reusable water bottle!