Disposable plastic water bottles add greatly to marine and terrestrial pollution. They simply are a waste of resources. Importing water all the way from Fiji? Nuts.
In partnership with GlobalTap and the City of San Francisco, the Academy has installed a GlobalTap refilling station near the roof elevators on the public floor. Standard water fountains, unfortunately, make it awkward to refill reusable water bottles, while the GlobalTap station is designed specifically to make this easy. The installation also features an electronic counter, which records and displays the cumulative reduction in the number of disposable bottles used, as well as information about the various environmental and social costs of using disposable plastic bottles. The overall goal is to encourage visitors to bring and use their own bottles, and to show them their contribution to the overall reduction in plastic pollution.
Note for new users: Faucets are really easy to use. Don’t hold back. Just turn the handle or press the lever and water will come out the spout. It’s simple. It’s fun for the whole family. It’s easier than cracking the cap on a plastic bottle of water. You may make it a habit. Get to know a faucet near you. Most modern homes have them.