Ban Bottled Water at Humber College
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During our Lakeshore CleanUp near Humber College and the waterfront, we noticed that the majority of the litter being picked up were plastic water bottles. As an environmental initiative, we urge the city of Toronto to consider the ecological impact of bottled water.
While purchasing bottled water may seem like a harmless action in the moment, there are in fact adverse consequences that arise with each purchase. Bottled water is made up of entirely recyclable material, but a Polaris Institute study estimates that only 14% of all plastic bottles in Ontario get recycled (2016). Furthermore, the study suggests that while a majority of the bottles end up in landfills, many find their way as litter in our forests, lakes, and public spaces. Not only is this litter ugly to look at, but because of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) found in plastic water bottles, it can take hundreds of years for material to be completely broken down. However, even when it does eventually start to degrade, the fragments which contain dangerous, and toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer, is then ingested by animals, and find their way back into our water and air, where humans are most likely to come into direct contact with them.
Contrary to popular belief, bottled water does not make our lives more convenient. The harmful waste generated by bottled water industries is immense, with an estimated 30 million plastic bottles being inappropriately discarded each day. Project CleanUp would like to see the Government of Ontario entirely ban the manufacturing of bottled water, but we believe that the fight begins in our communities, and schools. As members of the Humber College community, we are fortunate to enjoy clean, and safe drinking water. We do not need bottled water, and therefore it should be banned from all Humber College campuses.
Humber College prides itself on its green initiatives, and has installed many water stations around the school, but bottled water is still found in abundance around its campuses. If you believe that Humber College should hold true to its pledge of sustainability, please sign and share this petition! By signing this petition, you are pledging to use reusable water bottles, become more environmentally conscious, and to #ChooseTap.
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