Allow Reusable Water Bottles in Gillette Stadium
Allow Reusable Water Bottles in Gillette Stadium
Pssst. Hey Gillette. I have a proposition for you.
*slides 1,000 across the table except it's Monopoly money because I have just graduated college and I have no money*
It’s simple. Let people bring in reusable water bottles.
Now before you shake your head at my ignorance and delete this message, hear me out: Empty reusable water bottles. We bring our empty thermoses, get them checked at security, and fill ‘em up once we’re in the stadium. That way, no one can sneak 'adult beverages' in.
Which means, you should also install water bottle refilling stations.
Why should you do this, you ask? Here are some compelling reasons:
Reason #1: It’s much better for the environment.
Did you know that humans buy approximately 1 million water bottles per MINUTE?!? That’s about 50 billion water bottles per year. That’s too many. And it takes 17 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL to make all those water bottles.
At least 32% of all plastic ends back up in the ocean. That's 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic produced per year. If this continues, there will likely be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The ocean isn’t one of those fake fish tanks with the little robot fish about which I have a very specific memory from my grandparents’ old house. Let's keep the plastic away from the oceans, please and thank you.
And it’s not just the water. About 1/3 of all litter left in national parks is plastic water bottles. It’s everywhere—the water, the ground, the air. It’s fairly common knowledge by now that it can take hundreds or thousands of years for plastic to break down. Plastic causes visible and not-so-visible- damage. We’ve all seen photos of sea creatures and land animals caught or strangled by plastic packaging. What we can’t see is the minuscule toxins leeching into the water and the organisms. And when plastic is burned for waste disposal? Hoo boy, let me breathe in some of that fresh plastic toxiny air! Great for the constitution. PLASTIC HAS LITERALLY BEEN FOUND IN THE DEEPEST OCEAN TRENCH. Honestly, I would not be surprised if we somehow polluted OUTER SPACE with plastic by now.
This isn’t difficult information to find. I literally just googled “how many plastic water bottles are used each year” and “effects of plastic on the environment” and boom, there is was. We just don’t bother to look it up most of the time.
Reason #2: Don't worry, you’ll still make plenty of money from selling other beverages. In 2008, the stadium’s approximate total revenue was $282 million. In 2016, it was apparently even higher. Fun fact: The Patriots have sold out every home game since moving to the stadium! (Yeah Tom Brady! Go get that football!)
(Another fun fact: there’s not a terribly large amount of info on Gillette’s financial gains.)
Reason #3: It just makes more SENSE to let people bring in their own water bottles!!! So many people have reusable bottles now, and that number is only expected to increase. And quite frankly, it’s unfair to make people pay a comparatively exorbitant amount for a water bottle. Or to make people pay $4.50 for tap water. No one should have to pay for water. No one owns water; it’s just there.
Water is a basic human right. Water should be a right for every living thing. Generally speaking, if you are able to go to Gillette, you are not lacking water or the money to buy it, but multi-million-dollar water companies (here’s some of the biggest contenders) profiting off of harmful plastic while people in places like Flint and Chennai are lacking a basic element of life just doesn’t seem right. (While I’m here, may I also suggest sending those extra water bottles that you won’t be needing because people can bring their reusable ones to Gillette to Flint?)
Look, I’m not saying get rid of plastic water bottles completely, even though that would be nice. Just give people the choice to use a better option.
I appreciate your water recycling system, I really do. But it’s time to do more, because we are running out of time. Obviously, Gillette allowing disposable water bottles won’t save the planet from the potential and probable catastrophic effects of climate change that we are heading towards. But it’s a start. And at the very least, it is a decent thing to do. Even if it makes the smallest impact on plastic pollution worldwide, it is still a step forward.
In conclusion, I implore the powers that be (aka whoever runs Gillette & decides upon the stadium policies) to seriously contemplate this proposal. As a substantially large and influential company and recreational area, you have the responsibility to lead patrons in the direction of a more sustainable future.
(If you so desire, check here, here, here, and here for more plastic info, and if you’d like to learn more about/ help solve the various water problems of the world, here, here, here, and here are nice places to click on.)