Drinking fountain comes full circle
November 18 2013 | Plastics,
Globally, we spend more than $60,000,000,000 (that's 60 billion dollars) on bottled water every year.
In the U.S. that equates to 222 bottles of water for each person in the country every year.
We know that only 1 in 5 bottles are recycled so these figures represent a jaw-dropping amount of bottles in landfills, the ocean or elsewhere.
It wasn't always this way. In fact the bottled water industry didn't hit the mainstream until the 90's. Before that time, when people were thirsty they went to drinking fountains and quenched their thirst for free.
Twenty years later we are at the very beginning stages of coming full circle and returning to drinking fountains. The pic to the left is one I recently took in an airport.
I loved seeing the drinking fountain and loved seeing the visual graphic telling people this is built for refilling bottles even more. Most of all I loved seeing the counter on the fountain.
From this single drinking fountain 42,408 bottles were eliminated from waste.
Great to see this, albiet small, trend away from single-use plastic water bottles.