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UND Think Outside the Bottle - University of North Dakota

UND Think Outside the Bottle - University of North Dakota

264 Centennial Dr, # 8382, Grand Forks (ND), 58201, United States

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About Opt for Tap Water over Bottled Water! www.thinkoutsidethebottle.org
Mission 1) To raise awareness about the negative social and environmental impacts of bottled water.

2) Getting our peers, student groups, departments, and ultimately our school to make decisions to cut their spending on bottled water and improve the availability of tap water.

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Why Think Outside The Bottle?

Only a few decades ago (ask your parents or even older siblings!), it was normal for people to drink water straight from the tap. After all, America has one of the cleanest public water sources in the world. Then one day, Coke, Pepsi, Nestle, and other corporations launched an awesome marketing strategy, and amazingly enough, managed to convince everyone that tap water was unsafe and that bottled water was "safer" and "healthier". Now days, they make a huge profit by taking water from the tap, putting it into a plastic bottle (accompanied by a picture of a pristine snow cap mountain top), and then reselling it to consumers at 1000-4000 times the price. In the process, we have grown to fear our perfectly fine public water source. Lots of oil is used for manufacturing and transporting bottled water, which at the end of its quick one-use life cycle contributes to a giant landfill.

1) 40% of bottled water comes from the same source as tap water including major companies such as Dasani and Aquafina.
2) Tap water is delivered to homes and offices for $0.002/gal. Bottled water, which can cost as much per gallon as gasoline, is a 1000 times more expensive.

1) During the life time of the plastic bottle, enough oil is consumed to to fill up 1/4 of the bottle
2) Only 1 out of every 5 plastic bottle is recycled (80% goes into the trash)
3) Yet, 1 out of every 5 Americans drink nothing but bottled water
4) Manufacturing the 30+ billion water bottles bought per year uses 3 times the amount of water in the bottle and 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.

1) Bottled water is much less regulated than tap water. (Tap water is regulated by the EPA, meaning it has to be tested regularly; bottled water is regulated by the FDA, meaning the companies test at
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