Western’s bottled water ban explained
The Western Front
February 23, 2015
Western implemented the Bottled Water Ban in April 2014 to support local water sources and push back against the privatization of water. A year later, students and sustainability groups on campus hope to extend the ban to include other plastic bottles.
“Maybe [Western] is just trying to save the environment,” sophomore Alexy Vetkov said.
“From what I understand, the point of not selling bottled water is to promote students using reusable bottles rather than buying more plastic,” freshman Michaela Vue said.
Vue and Vetkov are not far off in their thinking that the purpose for the ban is to improve the environment, but that is not the whole story.
Students for Sustainable Water (SSW) released a statement last year when the ban was implemented. The statement claimed the initiative was to support Lake Whatcom and encouraged people to take a stand against water privatization….