Plastic water bottles are a serious problem for many reasons, a few of which are outlined below:
1. Plastic is not biodegradable. Just think: It takes about 15 minutes for the average person to drink a plastic bottle of water, and then it becomes waste … for eternity.
2. Bottled water, depending upon the brand, may actually be less clean and safe than tap water. Defined as a “food” under federal regulations, bottled water is under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–under much stricter standards–regulates tap water. The EPA mandates that local water treatment plants provide city residents with a detailed account of tap water’s source and the results of any testing, including contaminant level violations. Bottled water companies are under no such directives.
3. New research suggests that the longer water is stored in plastic bottles, the higher the concentration of potentially harmful chemicals, such as antimony. Antimony is a white metallic element that in small doses can cause nausea, dizziness and depression. In large doses, it can be fatal.
4. All land-based plastic pollution has the potential to become ocean pollution. In the marine environment, plastic breaks down into smaller particles that absorb toxic chemicals, are ingested into wildlife, and enter the food chain that we depend on.
In an effort to prevent this vicious cycle, we are continuously working with local jurisdictions to ban single-use plastics—from bags, to Styrofoam products, to straws.
And we’re not alone.
Across the country, in Concord, MA, an 84-year-old environmentalist, named Jean Hill, is leading the fight against single-serve plastic water bottles in her town. It’s been an uphill battle for Jean over the last three years, with strong opposition from local merchants and the bottled water industry, but her work has sparked an important debate about overconsumption and is inspiring change throughout the country.
On Thursday, February 26, you’re invited to watch her story unfold at a free screening of the award-winning documentary “Divide in Concord.” We will be hosting the event at the Allterra Solar warehouse, located at 207-B McPherson St., Santa Cruz.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy free beer, appetizers and mingling from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Film producer and co-director David Regos will introduce the film at 6:15 p.m., immediately followed by the screening from 6:30-7:50 p.m.
After the screening, there will be a discussion panel featuring:
- David Regos, film producer and co-director of “Divide in Concord”
- Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of “Blue Mind”
- Fred Keeley, Santa Cruz County Treasurer and former Assembly Speaker pro Tempore
- Stiv Wilson, Campaigns Director for The Story of Stuff Project
- Nancy Gerdt of Felton FLOW
The event will conclude at 9 p.m.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the bottled water debate and what we can do to turn the tide of plastic pollution!