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A Look Into The Real Problem With Plastic Waste

The American Journal of Public Health published an article in January 2015  explaining how the bottled water ban at the University of Vermont (UVM) was actually counter-productive in reducing plastic waste.  UVM originally aimed to reduce the amount of plastic bottles that ended up in waste streams by banning plastic water bottles from their campus.
It turns out that not only was this ban ineffective in achieving their goal to reduce plastic waste, but it actually contributed towards the consumption of unhealthy sugary beverages. The article states, “Per capita shipments of bottles, calories, sugars, and added sugars increased significantly when bottled water was removed.  With the removal of bottled water, consumers increased the consumption of less healthy bottled beverages.”
This article shines some light about the real problem at hand, people’s mindsets.  We as a society are very quick to judge and scrutinize a person, place, or, in this case, an industry. We need to help protect our environment from plastic waste, however our efforts should be focused on shifting mindsets and providing education about recycling. We should not focus on ostracizing an industry just because it is an easy scapegoat.
We often forget the importance of water and the essential health benefits it provides us.  It is a great zero calorie beverage that keeps our bodies well hydrated.  Bottled water is necessary in providing a healthy beverage alternative from soft drinks.  Let’s be smart, stay educated, and recycle.

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