Ban The Bottle: Westport

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My name is Samantha Henske and I am 11 years old. My goal is to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles in Westport. This past year I started fundraising and sold reusable BPA free water bottles to 400 out of 430 kids in our school. We used that money to buy water filling stations for the school. Doing that will help to reduce the amount of water bottles students buy at lunch. Seeing how successful this was caused me to do some more research and bring this project to the town level. Here is what I learned:

Water bottles are bad for the environment and for our health. Chemicals in the plastic such as BPA (Bisphenol A) can lead to health complications such as E. coli, neurological difficulties, increased growth of cancer cells, and many other harmful things. On the environmental side, if you fill your water bottle to 25%, that is the amount of oil it took to make the bottle, not including transportation. Also, that is enough oil to fuel 1 million cars. Water bottles also end up in landfills and can take up to 1000 years to decompose, if they don’t end up in the ocean first. If they do end up in the ocean, micro plastics can get into fish and other sea creatures bodies. Then we catch and eat those creatures and now we have micro plastics in our bodies. These are just a few of the problems single-use plastic water bottles cause.