AskThe U.S. Gov't to Stop Using Plastic Water Bottles!


What Counts?
Compiled by Jenny Rough posted on Leala Thomas' Blog

9 Billion: Gallons of bottled water consumed in America each year

25: Percent of bottled water that comes from the tap (some estimates are closer to 40 percent)

75: Percent of New York City residents who preferred the taste of tap water to bottled water in a taste test

1 in 5: Number of water bottles recycled in 2006 (the rest went into landfills, incinerators, streams, rivers and oceans)

3.5 Million: Tons of trash (mostly plastic) in the %u201Cfloating landfill%u201D west of San Francisco known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

38: Number of different chemical pollutants found in ten popular brands of bottled water (each brand contained an average of 8 contaminants)

1.5 Million: barrels of oil it takes to make bottled water in the U.S. each year (enough energy to power 250,000 homes)

99.9: Percent of Americans who live in households that have unlimited amounts of fresh, treated water

Sources: The Environmental Working Group, Natural Resources Defense Council, GreatGarbagePatch.org, Tappening.com

If the US Government and President Obama are really serious about decreasing our dependency on foreign oil, decreasing our carbon emissions and going green, why does our government purchase and hand out plastic water bottles at congressional sessions and events?

This is hypocrisy that needs to stop now to improve our health and the health of our planet!  We need to set an Eco-example for other nations (with clean water sources) to follow.

Please help by signing this petition and then join us at the Environmental Booty Network to make your commitment to self, people and planet.

Additionally, please find and contact your federal, state, and local officials  and ask that they discontinue the use of plastic water bottles in our government and send this information to everyone you know.

If you are in a country outside of the US, please sign the petition and then send this information to your elected officials to create a worldwide impact!

Thank You,
Shane Shirley-Smith
President Environmental Health, Wellness, Beauty, LLC
Member of The Environmental Booty Network
We the undersigned believe you are serious about reducing our dependence on foreign oil, reducing carbon emissions and greening our economy; in order to facilitate these efforts, we respectfully request that the US Government stop purchasing and using plastic water bottles.

1 in 5: Number of water bottles recycled in 2006 (the rest went into landfills, incinerators, streams, rivers and oceans)

3.5 Million: Tons of trash (mostly plastic) in the %u201Cfloating landfill%u201D west of San Francisco known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

38: Number of different chemical pollutants found in ten popular brands of bottled water (each brand contained an average of 8 contaminants)

1.5 Million: barrels of oil it takes to make bottled water in the U.S. each year (enough energy to power 250,000 homes)

Sources: The Environmental Working Group, Natural Resources Defense Council, GreatGarbagePatch.org, Tappening.com

We urge you to search for other ways to quench your thirst and the thirst of visiting dignitaries.  Perhaps recycled paper cups and pitchers of tap water (purified if necessary) could be a solution. 

Thank you for taking time to read our letter.  We hope that you will continue to work toward goals such as this which can truly make a difference in our health and the health of our planet. 






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