Colleges are in incubator of new ideas, which is why college students are often at the forefront of social changes. Their questioning nature, hopeful enthusiasm, and high energy can lead to movements that begin by asking “why not?” Such is the case with the drive to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles.
Young people were among the first to embrace the trend, understanding that carrying a reusable, refillable bottle made better earth sense than throwing out a bottle or can every time you’d satisfied a thirst. When some campuses didn’t respond quickly enough, it lead to a demand. A demand that refilling their reusable bottles be easier to do, which greater access to refilling stations, more of them, and even campus-wide bans on single-serve containers.
Universities across the U.S. have gotten on board, phasing out or completely eliminating disposable bottles from cafeterias, vending machines, and other foodservice locations on campus.
Sparkling water machine stations are the next frontier in the evolution of the bottleless campus. Sparkling water consumption is booming, much of it driven by college-aged consumers. They prefer it to traditional sugary sodas, appreciating the health benefits of limiting unnecessary calories.
Providing stations where students can find sustainable forms of hydration void of packaging waste is essential. Natura® offers a premium, environmentally friendly solution for students to access chilled still or sparkling water instead of sugary, caffeinated beverages.
It’s easy to incorporate Natura into a campus-wide bottle refill program. Students and faculty alike will appreciate the opportunity to refill their bottles with some of the best water on earth. It’s a delicious was to support campus sustainability goals—and set an example for the future.
Find out more about how easy it is to join the campus revolution with a Natura water machine.