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 regional 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 2019, CEC has prevented more than four 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 Brittingham Family Foundation, the Johnson Ohana Foundation, Patagonia, the UCSB Associated Students Coastal Fund, and the Audacious Foundation.
To date we have worked with the following schools in Santa Barbara County:
College Elementary School, Santa Ynez
Dolores Mission School, Los Angeles
Holy Innocents, Long Beach
Santa Barbara Charter
St. Louis de Monfort
St. Mary of the Assumption
Junior High, High Schools & Colleges
Carpinteria Middle School
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
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.