DePauw University Bans Bottled Water

When we last saw DePauw University (in early May), the Student Government had voted to ban the sale of bottled water on campus. But that wasn’t quite the end of the story. As of May 24, the sale of bottled water is officially banned, and filling stations have been installed with the start of this school year.

According to an article in The DePauw, there have been mixed reactions to the ban. The General Manager of Dining Services has said that the ban will be the “end of a money-maker” as students will no longer be able to purchase bottles of water. Tyler Hess, the leader of the movement, however, is elated. Tyler worked very hard to solve the problem of plastic bottle waste on campus, and has strongly believed since day one that an all-out ban was the only true solution. DePauw promotes the use of the new filling stations by providing all incoming freshmen with a reusable water bottle.

We at Filters Fast would like to congratulate DePauw University for their success so far. If you haven’t already, please check out our article, “Should Universities Ban Bottled Water,” and let us know what you think of a campus bottled water ban.

BPA Found in Store Receipts

If you’ve kicked the bottled water habit and stopped eating canned foods to eliminate your exposure to BPA, it may not be sufficient to stop there, according to a recent study that found large amounts of this toxic chemical  in store receipts. The Environmental Working Group collected 36 receipts and commissioned the University of Missouri Division of Biological Sciences laboratory to find out just how much BPA was in them. The results revealed that the amount of BPA in thermal paper receipts is between 0.8 to 3 percent by weight – 250 to 1,000 times greater than the amount found in water bottles or canned food. Moreover, a “wipe test” revealed that 2.4 percent of the BPA wipes off easily and can penetrate the skin to the point where it can’t be washed off. Washing also requires caution, as alcohol-based cleaners can increase the skin’s BPA absorption according to one recent study.

Thermal papers are coated with  a dye and a developer, which is usually BPA or some other chemical. The heat from thermal printers causes a reaction between the dye and the developer, allowing the black print to appear. Since most retailers use thermal paper for receipt printing, in general, retail workers have 30 percent more BPA in their bodies than other adults.

The good news is, sixty percent of the receipts collected by the EWG did not contain BPA. This is because not all retailers use thermal paper that contains it. Whether they do or not, consumers can always be safe by opting out of a receipt upon purchase.

Premium Bottled Water Can Enhance a Fine Dining Experience

A bottled water tasting and food pairing event was recently sponsored by Sweetwater LLC at Joe’s Restaurant in Venice, CA on Aug. 12. The event featured a three-course dinner menu paired with six different bottles of water.

According to an article in The Earth Times, “Water is not just water.”  Like wine, water has different characteristics that it picks up from the land it travels through. Premium bottled water is not the same as purified water. Purified water is nothing more than municipal tap water processed through reverse osmosis, while premium bottled waters are meant to “enhance a fine dining experience,” an experience labeled by Sweetwater’s Jim McMahon  as “epicurean.”

McMahon also claims that they are not promoting the daily consumption of bottled water. Filtered tap water is for hydration and daily consumption.  This type of event, however, teaches patrons to pair premium fine botttled waters with various foods on rarer occasions.

This practice of enjoying bottled water is nothing new, but dates all the way back to the Roman Empire. But do you buy the claim that premium bottled water pairs with food in a manner similar to wine?