Reducing plastic waste is key to sustainability

Reducing plastic waste is key to sustainability
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Paul Proctor, Managing Director of EcoPure Waters, explains how facilities managers can reduce waste and improve sustainability.

The US and UK produce more plastic waste per person than any other major countries. One of the solutions to this problem is eliminating unnecessary plastics in packaging. Since the turn of the century consumption of bottled water has doubled and with over 84% of bottled water supplied in PET bottles, this is clearly an area that facilities managers can target for waste reduction.

Public awareness of unnecessary plastic packaging is as strong as ever, so many staff and visitors will welcome their drinking water being supplied in a much more sustainable way than bought in water in plastic bottles.

In-house water filtration systems are increasingly being used because they offer a great alternative to bought-in bottled water, helping businesses to reduce waste, improve their CSR credentials and save money.

By installing these systems, organisations no longer need to buy in bottled water, so avoiding the waste and environmental concerns over the manufacture, transportation, storage and disposal of these bought-in bottles, which are often single-use plastic.

In-house filtration is ideal because bottles only have to be filled as they are needed, eliminating the need for storing and refrigerating large stocks of bought-in bottles. An in-house water filtration system provides a limitless supply of chilled still and sparkling drinking water which can be served in reusable glass bottles. The bottles themselves are elegant, champagne-strength and machine washable.

In-house filtration contributes significantly to the bottom-line.  Standalone systems are now available costing just £3.70 per day. So, if you spend more than this on bought-in bottled water – around 5-6 litres daily – then you’ll be saving money from the outset. Higher volume, built-in systems can be designed and fully installed, with free bottles, dishwasher trays and carry-crates, for less than £4.50 a day (including regular servicing and full parts replacement cover). On-site system and hygiene training is provided as standard, as well as start-up cleaning products, to ensure the most stringent EHO requirements are met.

The bottles themselves also offer an outstanding branding opportunity as they can be personalised through a high quality, permanent printing process, allowing them to carry any logo or design. This gives a perfect opportunity to convey a marketing or CSR message, helping to support and strengthen your brand. Many leading caterers and hotels are finding that instead of costing more to reduce waste, it’s actually costing them less.

 

Reducing plastic waste is key to sustainability

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