Pledge to Think Outside the Bottle - Loyola University Chicago
We, the undersigned members of the Loyola community, are pledging to abstain from purchasing or drinking bottled water for the following reasons: 1.) Clean water is a human right and not a commodity to be bought and sold. 2.) Up to 40% of bottled water, including that of Coke’s Dasani and Pepsi’s Aquafina, is sourced from public tap water. 3.) Municipal tap water is more regulated than bottled water. 4.) Around the globe, there is a need to invest in public water systems to give access of clean water to everyone, especially as water scarcity threatens the lives of millions of people every day. 5.) Bottled water is an environmental catastrophe: from the oil in the bottles, to the pumping and transportation of the water, and the disposal of the water bottles, 80% of which are not recycled. We perceive bottled water as an environmental and social justice issue and we choose reusable water bottles as a sustainable alternative. As a Jesuit university on the forefront of human rights and environmental activism, we encourage Loyola University Chicago to re-evaluate its beverage contracts to exclude the sale of bottled water. “There is enough water for human need, but not for human greed.” -Ghandi
Story of Stuff: Bottled Water:
Food and Water Watch:
"Blue Gold: World Water Wars"
"A World without Water"