UNCAP! Holy Cross
My signature below signifies that I fully support Eco-Action’s Uncap HC campaign. I agree to only use reusable water bottles and support the effort to make Holy Cross a plastic water bottle free campus because of any or all of the following reasons:
1. Environmental: Plastic water bottles that are not recycled fill up land-fills and create massive amounts of waste. Additionally, the amount of oil and energy needed to obtain, clean, package and transport the water in plastic water bottles is too massive an amount to justify buying and using them.
2. Economic: Plastic water bottles are expensive when compared to essentially free tap water. It is financially better for me to buy a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water.
3. Social: Clean water is a fundamental human right, but has been commoditized through the bottle water industry. Clean water has therefore become a good that only the wealthy can afford. Since clean water is extraordinarily scarce across the globe, it is unjust for industries to rob communities of clean water and package it, only to be sold elsewhere or back to the community for an outrageously more expensive price. As a Jesuit institution, Holy Cross has the social responsibility to ensure that the water we, as a community for and with others, consume is not polluting the earth during production, nor harming struggling societies through monopolizing free water.
4. Health: Municipal tap water is regulated more strictly than bottled water. Tap water is also filled with essential vitamins and minerals that are filtered out of bottled water.
5. 40% of bottled water is actually tap water- which is environmentally friendly, economically logical, socially ethical, perfectly drinkable, healthy and clean.