A cheaper way to ‘tap that”

The Student Government Association (SGA) is creating a petition to stop the sale of bottled water on campus. The bottled water ban, called “A Cheaper Way to ‘Tap That,'” started Nov. 1 and will last until Dec. 31. The petition is on UVM’s website link The Lynx where students can pledge to cease their consumption of bottled water with the click of a button. In the United States, 50 billion bottles of water are consumed each year and about 36.5 billion are thrown away. It takes 1,000 years for each bottle to decompose fully, according to The Lynx. “We believe that the sale of bottled water contradicts the University’s vision of environmental responsibility and should therefore be discontinued,”the SGA petition said. While this is a positive step in the environmentally-friendly direction, could it be too much? “I think it’s a good idea, but it seems a bit extreme having zero water bottles on campus.” sophomore Alison Gagnon said. “However, it is definitely good for the environment and it would go along with UVM’s values.”