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End the Sale of "BOTTLED WATER" on Santa Monica College Campus

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We are calling for a ban on all disposable water bottles sold on Santa Monica College campus.
Instead, we would like to see every SMC student and employee refilling their reusable water bottles at the numerous filling stations located around campus. For more information contact us at

If you would like to see wasteful disposable bottles banned from campus please sign this petition.

It takes a plastic bottle 450+ years to decompose. Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.'s rate for un-recycled plastic is 77 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – end up in the ocean, landfills, etc. Making bottles to meet America's demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that's not even including the oil used for transportation. In addition, most bottled water comes from drought-region areas. California is currently experiencing it's third-driest years. Companies such as Arrowhead, Crystal Geyser, Aquafina and Dasani are still selling water from California. Besides, 45 percent of bottle water is tap water with added minerals for flavor. Recycling is not enough anymore we have to start refusing single-use plastic bottles.

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