Re-usable Bottles are Taking Over!

By Patti Radle | Jun 22 2014

PattiRadleBy Patti Radle, SA2020 Board Member and 2014 Resolutions Leader (follow her here!)

My resolution for SA2020 for 2014 was to get 20 people to commit to not using those single use water bottles for at least the rest of 2014, if not for life; to educate themselves about the detriment of plastic bottles on our environment; to commit to explaining why they personally are not accepting bottle water each time it is offered to them; and to estimate, mas o menos, how many bottles they save from going into the landfill by doing this.  I’ll share here some of the first commitments I received for this resolution.

Superintendent Sylvester Perez

SAISD Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez with his new water glass!

As a Trustee for the San Antonio Independent School District, I decided to start at our top leadership, Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez.  No problem! Was I proud to hear him make the commitment so quickly! We had a brief conversation about one of the challenges which he immediately realized was easily surmountable!  On my next visit to his office, he showed me the glass in the middle of his office table and said, “All my staff knows that’s the glass I use for drinking water.”  Perhaps he will help everyone around him rediscover the water fountain in the hallway, just a few feet outside his office door.  Regarding his reason for joining in, he said he wanted to set an example for his grandchildren and help to leave them a better world.

Shelley Potter The Alliance

Shelley Potter , CEO of the Alliance, with her faithful reusable bottle!

Another person who took on the challenge was Shelley Potter, CEO of the Alliance, the union for teachers and school district personnel.  I first knew Shelley as a fantastic dedicated teacher at J.T. Brackenridge Elementary.  So, as a teacher, she was sure to study the articles I provided her about bottled water.  Yeah, Shelley! She now uses a reusable bottle with a filter.  A friend standing by when I took this picture said, “She ALWAYS has it with her! It’s like it’s attached to her body!”  Knowing how dedicated Shelley is to education, hopefully she is educating many others about bottled water.

Marco Sanchez

Marco Sanchez sporting his re-usable bottle.

Marco Sanchez, graduate of Rice University, presently working at Trinity University, will be off to the University of California at Berkley in the fall for graduate work in architectural landscaping, but not without his commitment to stop using single use water bottles.  He is prepared with his filter bottle, saving the environment from more pollution.  He says, “I use a reusable water bottle instead of buying disposable water bottles because it saves money, eliminates waste from disposable bottles, and helps to ensure that safe tap water won’t become a commodity. Overall it just makes a lot more sense.”

More stories to come on those who have made the resolution, but for now, I will ask you, the reader, to read this article from Harvard about sustainable bottle use, and this one from The Good Human. and contact me at if you would like to join in this resolution, or sign up here.



Patti Radle

Patti Radle, born in Philadelphia, PA. first moved to San Antonio in 1965 when she was a student at Our Lady of the Lake University. She transferred to Marquette University for her senior year to major in Theology and returned to San Antonio in 1969. Experiences in Milwaukee led her to commit to a simple life style lived among people who suffer the consequences of poverty. She moved into the Westside of San Antonio, and shortly after marrying her husband Rod, they together became volunteer co-directors of Inner City Development and continue as such to the present day. This agency now has a 45 year history of providing food and clothing to families in crisis and many recreational and educational activities for children. Patti has helped to establish several other non-profits including the San Antonio Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, San Antonio Alternative Housing, San Anto Cultural Arts, and Sidewalk, Inc. She established a cooperative home school at Inner City Development. From 2003 to 2007, she served on the San Antonio City Council representing her community, District 5. It was during her time on Council that Patti worked with many others to help establish Haven for Hope and presently serves as Vice-Chair. Patti Radle also serves on the SA2020 Board of Directors, and was elected to the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees in May of 2011.

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