So…? How does it taste?
Jean Fong of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup shrugs her shoulder and says, “It tastes like… water.”
To Jean, water is water. No need for that bottled stuff, thanks. She says, “We have some of the best water in the world but some people think bottled tastes better.” Even more than the taste, Jean says people tend to buy bottled water because they think it’s more convenient than carrying around a reusable bottle.
There are several ways of getting around carrying a heavier metal or plastic bottle. Like Jean, you can keep them in places where you spend most of your time, like at your desk or in your car, or you can carry something lighter, like a collapsible plastic cup or a hydration pack made of soft plastic. If it’s the metallic or plastic taste you don’t like, Jean suggests glass as an alternative.
Plastic water bottles inevitably end up floating in our oceans and washing up on our shorelines. Jean says, “It’s one of the top five common items found during a Shoreline Cleanup.” So far, the new fill station in the Teck Engagement Gallery has diverted over 15,000 water bottles from the landfill – and this is just since opening in June.
There are increasingly more places to conveniently fill up. Jean mentions Vancouver and Bellingham airports, and while we’re chatting in the galleries, a teenage visitor tells us there’s one at Killarney Secondary School (popular with the students, he adds).
Jean says it’s ultimately about changing consumer habits – “I haven’t bought bottled water in five years.” But she’ll be picking them up this September and October as part of the Shoreline Cleanup. Sign up to give her a hand.
Written by Karen Horak, writer-editor, content and digital experience at the Vancouver Aquarium.