Beginning this fall (2011), no more bottled water will be available for sale at Hodgdon-To-Go. Instead, students can get a 24oz Nalgene water bottle for the price of a fountain drink in the first two weeks of school. They can refill these bottles with water for FREE at Hodgdon or at any water fountain or Brita hydration stations around campus. They can then use these reusable water bottles to purchase any fountain drink at a discount not just at Hodgdon, but also at Tower Café, Mugar Café and The Commons.
Bottled water is harmful to the environment.
In Fall 2010, the Environmental Action ex-college class , which later became Tufts Against Plastic (TAP), decided to work to reduce the use of non-reusable water bottles on campus.
Bottled water is detrimental to the environment in a variety of ways: unfairly sourcing water from communities, transportation across the country, energy intensive bottling, and the huge production of waste from the disposable bottles. By removing this wasteful product, Tufts is taking a stand to help sustain our environment and educate its students on the importance of leading sustainable lives. Instead of disposable bottles, students will have easy access to new reusable water bottles. They can fill up these bottles every day with clean, free, water as an alternative. The students, by getting their meals at Hodgdon, can save money, be environmentally friendly, and stay hydrated, without bottles.
A preliminary online survey conducted by TAP garnered over 400 responses and found that:
In response to TAP’s findings, Tufts Dining, TAP and the Office of Sustainability collaborated over the summer to eliminate the sale of bottled water from Hodgdon.
Download the poster TAP exhibited at the Sustainability Research Day last Spring for more details about TAP’s survey findings.
Why did TAP target bottled Water?
Every year over $100 Billion dollars is spent on bottled water worldwide. The United Nations estimates that if given just 1/6th of that money for one year, $15 billion, they could cut in half the number of people without access to clean water. (thewaterproject.org/bottled_water.asp)