Mar 27 - Bottled Water Under Scrutiny At College Campuses

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More than 90 schools are banning the sale or restricting the use of plastic water bottles, according to Bloomberg.

The University of Vermont is the latest to join the movement, announcing in January it would stop sales early next year.

Brown University, which used to sell about 320,000 bottles of water a year in vending machines and campus stores, ended sales in dining halls in 2010. Harvard and Dartmouth College are installing hydration stations in new buildings to reduce trash.

According to one student at Dartmouth:
"Companies are taking something that is freely accessible to everyone on the Dartmouth campus, packaging it in a non-reusable container and then selling it under the pretense that it is somehow better than tap water."

The benefit for this movement is numerous. Peter Gleick recently published a book called " Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water" that examines the affect of consuming bottled water, at the expense of our planet, and our pocket book.

Reducing or eliminating plastic bottled water saves students money and has the environmental benefit of reducing the need to truck bottles across the country. It also creates a student culture shift, as college students learn to be comfortable with tap water.

Not every college campus agrees with this approach - they fear that this will push students to consume more sugary drinks if bottled water are not available.

However, with the surge in popularity of reusuable water bottles, students can stay hydrated on the go without having to purchase plastic bottled water.


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