EDISON – The Wardlaw-Hartridge Green Club is introducing a school-wide campaign to lessen the number of plastic bottles and reduce its carbon emissions by selling BPA-free stainless steel water bottles. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a component is some plastics that has been banned from use in baby bottles by Canada and the European Union over health concerns.
Profits from the sale of these water bottles will go to Pure Water for the World, a non-profit organization that provides people in developing countries with water filtration systems, sanitation and hygiene education. The Wardlaw-Hartridge community made a donation to Pure Water for the World to provide help after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.
While one new filling station has been installed near the main entrance, three more will be added in the near future around the school. These water fountains contain a filter, a chiller, an automatic sensor, and a counter, which determines how many eight-ounce plastic bottles have been conserved. With these filling stations the students, faculty, and the community will be guaranteed fresh, chilled, and good-tasting water without having to produce waste. In the first week, nearly 500 bottles have been conserved.
Each bottle carries up to 28-ounces of water, costs just $10 and includes a carrying strap, a durable plastic mouthpiece and the Wardlaw-Hartridge school seal. Sales begin April 5.
FILLING UP … Sophomore Haley Needle of Scotch Plains, president of the Wardlaw-Hartridge Green Club, fills her new water bottle at the filling station in the main hallway of the Upper School. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)
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