OPINION: Forever thirsty
By Erika Vigen
Chameleon Staff Writer
USGA has been trying to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on campus.
Despite what a large majority of students seem to think, I believe this is a stupid idea. I know that legislation was already passed last semester and is now waiting for administration to enforce the ban, but this cannot happen without support of student votes on March 27 and 28.
I’m crossing my fingers that these votes won’t support the ban so that administration cannot enforce it. With these dates approaching, I want the student body to know why I think this legislation should not be passed.
This ban is big news at Loyola. I have heard discussions about it at my job on campus. Many students support the ban because bottled water is “bad for the environment.”
The Phoenix quoted Dr. Robert Kelly, the vice president for student development, saying, “The ban is very much in line with our principles and our commitment to issues of ecology and sustainability.”
I’m sorry to inform you, but plastic water bottles are the same as pop bottles, juice bottles, and everything else that comes in some sort of plastic or glass container that is sold on campus. No one is moving to ban these!
That is not a suggestion, by the way.
I also don’t understand how banning bottled water fits into Loyola’s core values, because the “green” initiative isn’t in full effect here since not all plastic will be banned.
The other argument I’ve heard is that we are taking clean water from the third world countries to bottle it up and sell it here in the United States. Okay, can someone tell me where this information is coming from?
I literally looked through the first five pages of Google search and found nothing proving this. Maybe if someone showed me a legitimate source with this fact, I would MAYBE change my mind.
With this being said, it will be highly inconvenient for those students (like myself) who aren’t “green” or “environmentally friendly.” I don’t want to go out and buy a $30 filtered water bottle because, quite honestly, the tap water in Chicago is not the best I’ve ever tasted.
I know filtered water is better for you, but I still don’t care.
I also find water fountains revolting. Excuse me, how many mouths have been in/around that thing? It’s a breeding ground for germs.
And, yes, I’ve heard about the many water bottle refill stations. However, I’ve only seen them in Simpson Hall (maybe because I haven’t been looking for them) and, again, that would require a reusable water bottle.
I don’t even own one, because I take advantage of the ability to buy water in a recycled plastic bottle.
I’m going to attack this from a liberal standpoint: the government is desperately trying to control what we Americans consume nowadays.
I don’t know about you fellow students, but if bottled water was banned on campus, I would never drink it and neither would the people I eat lunch with regularly. I’d drink soda or other sugary drinks everyday for lunch instead.
Michelle Obama would faint at that statement.
I don’t agree with the regulation, but I do want healthy options.
Also, I want my right to buy bottled water if I please. I pay tuition at Loyola; I want to be able to do as I please.
I won’t be the only person to forget to bring my water bottle to class on any given day. Half of the time, I forget to bring a plastic water bottle from my fridge. What if I went to Halas and forgot to fill a bottle up on my way out? I’ve done this before. It would be nice to be able to visit the on-campus café or vending machine to grab a bottle AND use my meal plan, declining balance, or Rambler Bucks instead of going all the way to CVS or 7-Eleven.
Most importantly, I would also like to enjoy my right to be environmentally un-friendly. Was the recycling campaign not working or something? It’s almost unfair of Loyola to ask all of their students not to buy bottled water just because organizations or students think that it’s wrong and destroying our environment. Some of us actually think it’s doing no harm.
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