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Loyola to ban sale of bottled water on campus by 2013

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The Chicago Tribune reports that Loyola University in Chicago is banning the sale of bottled water on its campus by 2013, citing students’ desire to reduce the university’s environmental footprint.

Bringing your own reusable water bottle instead of purchasing bottled water helps minimize waste and prevents the release of greenhouse gases emitted during the bottles’ transport. It also cuts down on oil use (a significant amount of oil is used to produce disposable water bottles) and is better for your health, since studies suggest that estrogen-like compounds known as endocrine disruptors can leach from soft disposable plastic.

Looking to start carrying your own reusable bottle? I recommend these glass bottles from lifefactory. They are BPA-free (make sure whichever kind you choose to buy is) and have an effective protective cover (I drop mine all the time). You can order them online or find them at local yoga and natural food stores and Whole Foods.


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Tianjin: A new eco-city in China

Check out this article by the BBC’s Gaia Vince about her visit to one of China’s newest eco-cities, Tianjin. The city, which was built on a reclaimed industrial dumping ground, is designed to encourage walking and public transport and includes numerous sustainability measures and nature areas. Additionally, Vince’s article notes that 20 percent of the housing has been reserved for low-wage workers and their families.