Water Bottle Ban: Was it Worth It?
In fall of 2012, Loyola University Chicago banned the sale of plastic water bottles on their campuses.
Now that we’re a few weeks into the semester, I decided to ask ten students how they felt the ban was going. Most felt the idea was great in theory, but isn’t working out in reality.
“I understand why they did the ban, but I’m not a big fan of it myself,” says 20 year old junior, Taylor Corsten. “I personally drink water every day, so for me, to carry a water bottle around is kind of a hassle, when I could have easily gone out and bought something.”
Corsten also wondered why Smart Water, which was her favorite, was banned from the campus. “It wasn’t real water because it had electrolytes in it. So I was a little bit upset.”
Senior Wendy Chilicki, 21, was surprised by the ban. “I didn’t know that it was happening. That was something that was simply going on at the Lakeshore campus. I live at Baumhart and for them to implement it at Water Tower when very few of us actually knew about it is unfair.”
Because of the rapid disapproval of the ban, the Unified Student Government Association and the Student Environmental Alliance, the two organizers of the project, are putting out more information to the public to justify their reasoning:
“Approximately 1.5 million tons of plastic is wasted per year due to the manufacturing of water bottles,” says sophomore Danish Murtaza, 20. “We are taking this opportunity to do our part in diminishing the carbon footprint.”
The groups came to the consensus about six months ago that bottled water had been causing multifaceted problems on not only an individual level, but also at a global level. Another reason was financial.
“Our website states that ‘clean water is a human right, not a commodity to bought or sold’,” say senior Mike Pourhadi, 22. “Not only are we looking to help the environment, but in the long run we are looking to help ourselves.”
“I just think it’s weird,” says freshman Kamil Rozwadowski, 18, “especially with flavored water bottles still being able to be sold because it still technically is water, just with extra flavoring. Dasani is still a water bottle product. If you’re going to get rid of water bottles, then get rid of all of them.”
Junior Rebecca Siebenaler, 20, responded to that statement: “I can see why some people would think that. I’m pretty sure it was because of the contract that the school signed with the Coca-Cola Company. The University was a big part of their revenue, and therefore required part of their Dasani products to be sold on campus.”
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