Bottled water is advertised as a product born of pristine mountain springs such as those that exist all around us and it is marketed to health conscious consumers. The truth is that the life cycle of plastic water bottles carries a considerable environmental footprint. The manufacture, packaging, and transportation of plastic bottles requires extensive energy and releases greenhouse gases, as does the collection, treatment and transportation of the water inside the bottles. Most plastic beverage bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is derived from petrochemical hydrocarbons. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, while PET is recyclable, about 70 percent or almost 2 million tons of single-use plastic water bottles in the United States are not recycled, and instead end up in landfills, lakes, streams, and the ocean (2012 numbers). Beyond the environmental impacts, the long-term health effects of waste plastic in the environment are not known.
Sustainable Crested Butte and the Crested Butte Community School’s National Honor Society invite you to attend a free showing of the film Tapped on Tuesday April 4th at 7:00 pm at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts at 606 6th Street. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Students and SCB members will be on hand to demonstrate ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Tapped is a short documentary (54 minutes) which describes the various impacts single use plastic bottles have on our health and the environment.