We believe that water should be safe, accessible, and affordable for all. Water is a human right and a basic public service, not a corporate commodity. Plastic water bottle use should be reduced on campus. More well-maintained hydration station for reusable water bottles should be installed on campus.
We as the members of Students for an Environmentally Active Campus want Marquette to become a greener campus and inspire other campuses around the nation.
Tap water costs about $0.002 per gallon. Bottled water ranges from $0.89-$8.26 per gallon.
U.S plastic bottle production requires more than 17 million barrels of oil, enough to fuel one million cars.
Phthalates - chemicals used to soften plastics, including plastic water bottles - can disrupt human endocrine function. Disrupting these bodily processes can lead to birth defects, cancer, or developmental problems in babies and children.
About 86% of plastic water bottles end up in the garbage instead of being recycled. That amounts to 2 million tons of PET plastic bottles piling up in the US landfills every year.