The transportation, production and plastic involved in selling plastic water bottles are harming our natural water sources and the Earth. Over the next three years, I will ban the sale of plastic water bottles on the University of Michigan campus.
As a four-year-old living in Bangladesh, I didn’t understand why my mom boiled our water twice before putting it in the pitcher. Fourteen years later, I better understand the hardships of living in a country where access to clean water is limited and pollution is excessive. It is one of my dreams to help end the effects of climate change which brings me to my first policy: Ban the Bottle.
- Introduce a three year plan to gradually remove water bottles from most campus stores:
- Year 1:
- Introduce the “Blue Tax” which will apply to all plastic water bottles sold on campus. Proceeds from this tax will go directly to sustainability efforts
- Replace “Smartwater” products with a more sustainable plastic water bottle alternative
- Year 2:
- Build water refill stations in residential halls, campus offices, and the Diag
- Provide all first-year students reusable water bottles on their desk at move-in
- Year 3:
- Ban the sale of all plastic water bottles on campus (besides recreational buildings and sports venues)
Increase campus awareness of energy consumption and waste production.
- Have dorms and offices ‘compete’ against each other to reduce waste