Union Market eliminating sale of plastic water bottles

January 30, 2017 at 11:11 am

Union Market will soon eliminate the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in its store, as part of the MSU’s efforts towards environmental sustainability on campus.

“While this may seem like a small change, it’s something we think is quite significant,” says Blake Oliver, MSU Vice President (Education). “Almost half of Ontario’s post-secondary institutions have a total ban on single-use plastic water bottles, and we know the students at McMaster care about sustainability.”

Boxed Water will be available for purchase instead as a more sustainable, environmentally friendly option. Each carton is recyclable and made using paper from well-managed forests. 500ml boxes are $2.20 and 1L cartons are $2.99.

Boxed water greatly reduces the environmental impact of pre-packaged water production, as the energy required to produced, package and ship plastic water bottles is staggering.  For example, the same volume of boxed water cartons shipped on one truck would take 26 truckloads of plastic water bottles.  In addition, the level of energy required to bring a plastic bottle of water to a retail shelf is equivalent to that same bottle 1/4 full of oil.

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For more information, please contact:

Blake Oliver
MSU Vice President (Education)
vped@msu.mcmaster.ca

905-525-9140 ext. 24017

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