Taking Back the Tap
Alex Kim '13 and Megan George '13 pass out water bottles and take pledges in support
of the Taking Back the Tap campaign.
Sept. 28, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— As a part of the Illinois Wesleyan University's commitment to sustainability,
the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) has collaborated with the Office of Residential
Life (ORL) and the Residential Hall Association (RHA), to start the "Take Back the
Tap" movement, in an attempt to reduce the plastic bottled water usage on campus.
As part of the movement, SSC with ORL and RHA handed out refillable water containers
in exchange for students signing a pledge to not use the plastic bottled water. The
organizations hope students will refill these bottles instead of using plastic ones.
According to SSC member Jinny Alexander, the bottles given to the students are well
made and have a wide opening that makes it easier to clean and use. The bottles are
Alexander, in speaking about the movement explained the environmental consequences
of using plastic bottled water, " Studies show only one in seven water bottles is
recycled and the others end up in landfills. Also three times as much water is used
while manufacturing the plastic bottles than the amount of water that they can contain."
According to Alexander, the myths about tap water being unsafe or bottled water being
better are untrue. "Tap water in the USA is just as safe as the bottled water, it
is strictly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. More than 40 percent
of bottled water also comes from the municipal water sources and it is much more expensive
than tap water."
The SSC started work on this movement last year when they formed a committee consisting
of IWU students working for reducing bottled water consumption. They secured funding
from the Student Senate for "Hydration Stations," innovative water refill stations,
to be installed in campus buildings, including the new Main Classroom Building. "Our
ultimate aim is to ban bottled water on the campus," said Alexander.
Contact: Mallika Kavadi'15 (309) 556-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org