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You make your bed, you lie in it. Loker BASE kids made this bed out of water bottles recycled from the lunch room for the Wayland Earth Day display on 9 April, 2011.

Click here to see what a difference it would make to the environment if households switched from disposable to reusable water bottles.

Click here to learn the staggering numbers of plastic disposable bottle and bag usage in America and what it means for the environment and your wallet!




At the Wayland Earth Day Celebration the Green Team did a blind taste test: can you identify which is the tap water and which is the bottled water?  Which one tastes best?
Most tasters didn't taste a difference and had to guess. The best tasting water was in most cases the tap water. 

And that comes as no surprise because tap water is closely regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act of 1977. Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not subject to all the same testing requirements.
People prefer tap water over bottled water 4 out of 5 times in blind taste tests.
Tap water is easy to filter at home or at work.
Tap water can be 1000 times cheaper than bottled water ($.002 vs. $1-$2 per gallon).
Over 25% of bottled water is actually filtered tap water.
(with thanks to Back2Tap: visit www.back2tap.com)








This animated video, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry's attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.
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