• Petitioned University of Delaware Students

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Support the DENIN SPC's Bottled Water Awareness Campaign!

    1. Lindsay McNamara
    2. Petition by

      Lindsay McNamara

      Newark, DE

Who we are: Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) Student Programs Committee

The mission of the Delaware Environmental Institute is to conduct research and coordinate partnerships that integrate environmental science, engineering, and policy in order to provide solutions and strategies that address environmental challenges.

The DENIN Students Programs Committee is made up of 8 undergraduate students. We are charged with being:
o Ambassadors serving as a representative of DENIN at campus-wide events
o A Focus Group to tell DENIN staff about what students are concerned about
o Event Planners of programs for undergraduate students specifically
o Promoters of DENIN events
o Activists creating a greener campus through effective scientific communication

We are asking you to support for our Bottled Water Awareness Campaign! We are looking to provide information with students to become informed consumers.

Other colleges that have taken on similar initiatives: Arizona State, American University, Muhlenberg College, Washington University in St. Louis, Evergreen State College, University of Vermont, Colgate University, and Cornell.

Why go bottled water free?
Environmental Reasons
o In line with the Initiative for the Planet, the Climate Action Plan and the Path to Prominence.
o It takes over 1,000 years for plastic to degrade. Most plastic bottles end up in our landfills (Over 1.5 billion tons), as litter all over our earth, or worst yet, the ocean.
o In America, approximately 60 million plastic bottles are disposed, instead of being recycled, of every day.
o The plastic the bottles are made out of synthetic chemicals like BPA and PET which leech into the water in the bottle and into groundwater.
Economic Reasons
o The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
o The EPA estimates that nearly 25 percent of all Dasani bottled water originally comes from tap water.
o The US bottled water industry consumes over 50 million barrels of oil a year, enough oil to fuel 3 million cars for one year.
o Bottled water is at least 300 times more expensive than tap water.

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    • Pat Jackson NEWARK, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm passionate about clean drinking water, esp. after having lived in parts of the world that don't have it. We DO have it, right out of the tap. I also educate all my Mexican patients to stop buying bottled water. Instead, use tap, and if necessary, use a filter. But drink water!!

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    • Jennifer Huber NEWARK, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      A good amount of "bottled" water is tap water, the creation of these bottles to hold the water creates absurd amount of waste (the oil and energy used to make them, the non-biodegradable plastic left over after), and the University of Delaware should go bottle free, as it would greatly help them in their "going green" campus campaign.

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    • Christina Palmer WILMINGTON, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      Disgusted with the obscene amount of plastic in our oceans and just everywhere else. After doing several park and beach cleanups, and collecting water bottles from friends and family for the greenopolis recycling kiosks, I have noticed exactly how many water bottles, aluminum cans and countless other pieces of trash are littered literally everywhere! Not only that but I'm also seeing constant things that could be recycled thrown into the regular trash! It's so frustrating, especially when the recycling bin is right next to a trashcan.

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    • Anne G NEWARK, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      Every piece of plastic ever made is still with us. It really isn't so difficult to simply refill a water bottle when it runs out rather than buy gallons of pre-packaged bottled waters that a) may actually be full of water that's not nearly the quality of your own tap water and b) cost much more money in the long run. Water is free - why pay for the plastic?

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    • Mark Smith KENNETT SQUARE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      UD should invest in bottled water stations that could be used to filter tap water.

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