WHY RETHINK THE DRINK MATTERS

More than 17 million barrels of oil are used each year to transport bottled water to our stores — enough to fuel 1.5 million vehicles for a year. Despite being recyclable, most bottled water is consumed ‘on the go’ and fewer than 30% of the bottles are recycled. The rest end up in landfills (30 million each day) or as trash in storm drains, watersheds, and the ocean. Bottled water production is also water intensive – it takes 3 liters of water to fill up a 1-liter bottle.

WHAT CEC IS DOING

CEC is providing hydration stations to local schools so staff and students have free, cold, filtered water and can reduce the number of single use plastic water bottles consumed. The Rethink the Drink program also provides environmental education to all participating schools.

A counter on the stations displays the amount of bottles saved by refilling. As of June 2016, CEC has prevented over two million plastic water bottles from being used.

The program began with funding from the Orfalea Foundation, in partnership with their School Food Initiative. Current partners include the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, Union Bank, Vapur, and the UCSB Associated Students Coastal Fund.

To date we have worked with the following schools in Santa Barbara County:

Elementary Schools

Adams
Aliso
Brandon
Buena Vista
Canalino
Clarence Ruth
Cleveland
Crestview
El Camino
Ellwood
Fillmore
Foothill
Franklin
Hapgood
Harding

Hollister
Hope
Isla Vista
Kellogg
La Canada
La Honda
La Patera
Los Berros
Los Olivos
Manzanita Charter
Mary Buren
McKinley
Miguelito
Monroe
Monte Vista

Montecito Union
Mountain View
Notre Dame
Oak Valley
Open Alternative
Peabody
Santa Barbara Charter
Santa Ynez
St. Louis de Monfort
St. Mary of the Assumption
St. Raphael
Solvang
Vieja Valley
Washington

Junior High, High Schools & Colleges

Carpinteria High
Carpinteria Junior High
Dos Pueblos High
Goleta Valley Junior High
Jonata Junior High
Kermit McKenzie Junior High
La Cuesta High
La Cumbre Junior High
Santa Barbara High
Santa Barbara Junior High
Santa Ynez Valley High
Westmont College

Afterschool Facilities

Girls Inc., Carpinteria
Page Youth Center
Girls Inc., Goleta Valley

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Bring a Bottle
    Bring your own refillable canteen whenever possible instead of using disposable plastic water bottles.
  • Encourage Others
    Tell your friends, neighbors, and kids about the importance of “rethinking the drink.”
  • Make a Donation
    Support CEC with funds to help Rethink the Drink expand to other schools, community centers, and after school facilities.
  • Get a Refill Station Installed
    Want Rethink the Drink at your school, community center, or after school facility? Contact Kathi King.
  • Stay In the Know
    Follow CEC’s Facebook page to catch photos and stories of students enjoying cold, filtered water in their canteens. Sign up for email alerts from CEC that provide info on our latest refill stations, and read our Rethink the Drink blog.