‘Cathy’ Comic Helps University’s Campaign Against Bottled Water

By: E&P Staff

The University of Maryland is using Cathy Guisewite’s “Cathy” comic to help encourage students to drink tap water rather than bottled water, according to Universal Press Syndicate.

UM recently stopped offering bottled water in its dining rooms and instead installed filtered-water stations with free student access. Joe Mullineaux, associate director of dining services, saw a Sunday “Cathy” strip about the negative environmental impact of disposable plastic bottles and decided it would be a good visual aid for the new program.

So UM posted Guisewite’s August 19, 2007, strip in the dining rooms around each water station as well as on the university’s Web site — where it can be linked to on the bottom left of the home page.

The comic shows Cathy as happy to be drinking bottled water because it has “Zero calories! Zero fat! Zero carbs!” But then she reads an article about the number of bottles (22 billion) that end up in landfills each year.

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