Tap That: Reduce Your Single Use Plastic Consumption

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Inspired by non-profit, Ban the Bottle, "Tap That" is a campaign started by UNCW Plastic Ocean Project, encouraging students to eliminate bottled water waste from their personal lives, and resort back to the tap or filtered water.


Colleges and universities have been known to consume more plastic bottles annually than other organizations. This being said, many schools have been dissastified with this statistic and are inspired to change this, simply by partially banning or fully banning bottled water from their campuses. Already, 50 + colleges and universities across the world have taken part in this movement. So, why shouldn't we? Click here to see the schools already on board!


Why is bottled water SO BAD?

  • Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation.
  • The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes.
  • Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38.
  • Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.
  • 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.
  • Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and death.

"But bottled water is healthier for you..."


ACTUALLY, in the U.S., public water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requires multiple daily tests for bacteria and makes results available to the public. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates bottled water, only requires weekly testing and does not share its findings with the EPA or the public.


"So what can I do?"

  • Sign our petition today and help us ban bottled water on campus! 
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle and make use of our on-campus water fountains.
  • Buy a water filter at home! 
  • Spread the word! 

On behalf of UNCW Plastic Ocean Project, we would like to thank you for your support and appreciation of our oceans! To learn more, please check out our website here!


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