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Sources: Data derived from the American Plastics Council and the American Chemistry Council (2010) 2,675778.529.1%1,896.5 SOLD thousand tons RECYCLED.

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2 Sources: Data derived from the American Plastics Council and the American Chemistry Council (2010) 2, %1,896.5 SOLD thousand tons RECYCLED thousand tons Recycling rate WASTED thousand tons

3 It takes about 1,100 to 2,000 times as much energy to produce and transport the average bottle of water to Los Angeles as to produce the same amount of tap water. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2010, March 1). Statistics on the Management of Used and End-of-Life Electronics.

4 43.6 Billion Containers Wasted Every Year That is 14.3 Million Barrels of Crude Oil At this Rate Every Person Would Be Consuming Almost a Quarter Barrel of Oil Just on Bottles of Water Average Adult Male Needs 3 Litters of Water a Day At this Rate Every Person Would Be Consuming Almost a Quarter Barrel of Oil Just on Bottles of Water 3 Litters is 101 oz./ 16.9 Which Equals 6 Bottles a Day At this Rate Every Person Would Be Consuming Almost a Quarter Barrel of Oil Just on Bottles of Water If a Person Got All Their Water from Bottles its 2181 Bottles a Year At this Rate Every Person Would Be Consuming Almost a Quarter Barrel of Oil Just on Bottles of Water

5 In Wasted Oil For Water Bottles Thats Enough Gasoline to Drive All the Way to Boston In a 2005 Honda Civic

6 If all undergrads drank this many water bottles… One Third: 2,340 Barrels of Oil Two Thirds: 4,680 Barrels of Oil All: 7,000 Barrels of Oil

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8 Last Year Bought on Average Two Bottles of Water on a School Day At an Average Price of $1.84 that is $552 This Year This Semester Ive cut my consumption in Half Estimated Savings of $276

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10 Last Year Last year I bought 2/3s of my water from water bottles. Thats 28 bottles a week Thats 26 cases or $260 This Year Bought a Brita Filter Refillable Water Bottle The Brita+Replacement Filters for the year: $50

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14 We already have water bottle filling stations – Awesome! But we need more! One in the lobby of every hall Giving out free water bottles at sporting events

15 Providing subsides to those who recycle plastics Instead of just trash cans, include a recycling bin Improve tap water and provide education on where it is safe to drink from the tap (2,000 more efficient than bottles)

16 As great as recycling is the reality is this boils down to a simple economic issue Either way, by case or individually, buying water bottles is so much more expensive than using tap and Brita water Students can save hundreds by investing in a Brita Filter and reusable water bottle


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