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YMCA of the Rockies Water Bottle Project

June 30, 2021

The YMCA of the Rockies sustainability team is working to add more water bottle refill stations to our properties.

The Facts

  • “Americans purchase about 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for every person in the U.S.! That means by using a reusable water bottle, you could save an average of 156 plastic bottles annually.” (1)
  • "Plastic bottles require up to 700 years to dissolve." (5)
  • "90% of the cost of bottled water is the bottle itself." (5)
  • In the U.S., the demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, not including the oil used for transportation. (2)
    • That’s enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. (2)
  • “The U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 9 percent (and declining), which means over 40 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.” (2)
  •  “There will be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050.” - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (3)
  • “The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container.” (3)

Our Goal

Americans waste a large amount of plastic each year on bottled water. The YMCA of the Rockies employee-led sustainability team recognizes the need for more reusable water bottle options and more options for refill stations. Our goal is to remove plastic water bottles from the shops at both YMCA of the Rockies properties. The first step is to ensure that our guests have easy access to clean water throughout our property.

To be able to achieve this, we plan to install water bottle refill stations in heavily-trafficked areas throughout our properties, giving you the option to refill your water wherever you may be exploring! In an effort to install more water bottle refill stations and to continue to fund the sustainability team, $1 from every purchase of our HydraPak water RECON ™ Series bottles will be donated to the YMCA of the Rockies Sustainability Team.

All HydraPak RECON ™ Series water bottles are made with 50% recycled materials, a primary source of those recycled materials being PET single-use bottles. "PET – or polyethylene terephthalate – is the plastic most commonly used in plastic water bottles. It is intended for single use." (4)

Your purchase of a HydraPak water bottle will help the YMCA of the Rockies sustainability team continue our efforts in the fight for climate action! Below are a list of projects your purchase will help fund:

  • Installation of more water bottle refill stations in heavily-trafficked areas at Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch.
  • Removal of single-use plastic bottles from gift shops and dining areas.

Resources

  1. EarthDay.org
  2. Habits of Waste
  3. Plastic Oceans
  4. eartheasy
  5. equa
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