Millennials are positively impacting thousands of kids and school districts by teaching schools about sustainability and water. Schools are saving money by switching to having aluminum water bottles instead of plastic and are cutting down on their cost of waste management.
Gulshan Kumar and Shadi Bakour of PATHWater have reached more than 3,0000-5,000 students throughout the California area and have visited over 50 school sites to help educate the students and bring awareness about hydration and how to decrease their carbon footprint.
They are activists trying to end plastic waste and encourage a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle. With recent studies showing that more than 90% of tested water brands contain microplastics, consumers are seeking alternatives to buying water in plastic bottles this interview is timely.
PATHWater is leading a huge movement and was recently featured by Sweetwater Schools as seen in this article here: http://nutrition.sweetwa
terschools.org/advocating-sust ainability-montgomery-middle-s chool/ In addition, to their focus on being a resource for schools their company PATHWater is on the forefront of reducing the amount of plastic bottles that end up in a landfill. Some counties in California are banning plastic bottles and because of that they have partnered with PATHWater to ensure that there students are properly hydrated and that there students are living more sustainable lives. Schools that are moving to aluminum bottles instead of plastic bottles are saving money as it relates to waste management.
For every bottle refilled of PATHWater they are saving 5 bottles from going to a landfill. The average American uses 126 plastic bottles per year which ends up in a landfill. Time recently did a story in microplastics which can be found here.
Schools Decrease Waste Management And Improve Health For Students
STATS WHY BOTTLED WATER IS A CONCERN PULLED FROM NEWS
- The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes
- Americans used about 50 billion plastic bottles last year
- Making bottles to meet America's demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually - enough to fuel 1.3 millions cars for a year
- With recent studies showing that more than 90% of tested water brands contain microplastics, consumers are seeking alternatives to buying water in plastic bottles
- A Sperm whale that was washed up on a beach in Spain has 64 pounds of plastic waste in its stomach