Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TSA and Water

In 2012 Kent County Department of Aeronautics installed several drinking fountain water bottle filling stations for employee and passenger use at the Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. These stations reduce the number of plastic drinking water bottles used on a daily basis. Based on review of the fill stations in 2014, approximately 143,000 less water bottles have been used. 

Similarly, the  Denver International Airport invested in sustainability by providing convenient water bottle filling stations on each of the three concourses. In the first year of operation, the stations filled the equivalent of 600,000 half-liter plastic bottles, increasing customer convenience while effectively reducing waste at the source.

So the lesson for today is: bring an empty bottle through TSA and save water, money and plastic waste.