Have you ever stayed until the end of a concert or festival to the point when you see the crowd clear and thousands of plastic cups and bottles are left behind covering the ground? There is a simple solution - reusable bottles and/or reusable glasses. LEAVE. NO. TRACE.

I propose we petition music festivals to outlaw plastic cups. One option would be to bring your own water bottle and empty alcohol container (thinking Burning Man). Another would be for the festivals to offer a plastic bottle or cup with every ticket purchase (each bottle or glass would be approved by state for alcohol consumption). Another idea would be for each alcohol company to sign on local designers to create fun stickers for the bottles and glasses to help brand their company - this way alcohol companies can get their branding in a fun and exciting way...

Some bottled water facts:

• 60,000,000 plastic water bottles are discarded EVERY DAY in America.

• Only 23% (highest estimate I’ve found) of plastic water bottles are recycled. The rest end up in landfills or worse, where they can leach chemicals into the ground water.

• It takes ½ cup of oil to manufacture and transport each bottle.

• It requires 3 times as much water to make the bottle as it does to fill it.

• In producing each bottle, the CO2 released into the atmosphere would fill 12 balloons.

• Bottled water costs between 200 to 10,000 times as much as tap water.

• Virtually every independent study on bottled water shows some contamination from bacteria and/or synthetic chemicals.

• Many of the leading brands are not mountain spring water, but merely tap water that has been run through filters.A simple alternative is tap water in reusable plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel bottles. Reusable metal bottles can be bought for as little as $4 each when purchased in bulk. Plastic bottles are even cheaper. 

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