by Dawn Quirk
Did you know that more than 4 billion pounds of plastic bottles end up in landfills or as roadside litter annually? Or that producing bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water required more than 17 million barrels of oil last year – enough fuel for more than 1 million U.S. cars for a year – and generated more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide? These were some of the shocking points discussed during the World Water Challenge held today by the Think Outside the Bottle initiative at Tufts. Tufts Recycles! warmly welcomes TOTB and hopes to work together in efforts to reduce overall consumption by not drinking bottled water, reuse resources by promoting Nalgenes, and encourage those who do use water bottles to properly recycle them.