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Dining Services Unveils New Aluminum Water Bottle

Get your new aluminum Smith College water bottle at Chapin Grab-and-Go.

Last year at this time, Smith’s dining services joined a national movement to steer consumers away from buying and immediately discarding bottled water by introducing college-customized water bottles. The bottles, colored a deep, Smith blue, became a popular tote-along among students and others, with their convenient carrying loops, and replaced bottled water at the Chapin Grab-and-Go.

Students lauded the elimination of the wasteful commercial plastic water bottles. All students were appreciative that they could carry a water bottle with them throughout the day. This August, dining services has taken the carry-along water bottle a step further with the unveiling of a bright orange or blue, aluminum bottle with a solid, flat bottom and easy-to-use screw top.

Last year’s blue water bottles were a welcome innovation, notes Ann Finley, area manager with dining services. But recently, there has been a great deal of concern regarding water bottles made from polycarbonate (PBA), she said. Dining services heard about those issues and responded. The new aluminum bottles feature a sport bottle top with a cap, a space to label it with the owner’s name, and the message: “Use it and Resuse it, the Earth is the bottom line.”.

The intent—as it was with the old blue, plastic bottles—is for students and others on campus to use the aluminum bottles repeatedly, not to throw them away. Additionally, the aluminum bottles support the college’s sustainability efforts and eliminate waste.

Still nationally, despite recycling campaigns and efforts, millions of plastic bottles continue to be discarded and hauled to landfills and incinerators every day. Millions of  discarded bottles collect in the world’s oceans and wash together into giant plastic islands (one twice the size of Texas), threatening marine life and polluting beaches.

So students should pick up a new aluminum water bottle, fill it up from the tap, and help reduce the proliferation of plastic.


9/2/08   Eric Sean Weld
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