Re-filling our water bottles is a tiny change we can all make to our lives that could have a massive impact on our planet.
One of the most important things we need to do as a society to care for our environment is to remove single-use plastics from our homes and workplaces. There are so many innovative ways of refilling reusable bottles and containers whether that’s cereals and grains, loose fruit and vegetables, drinks, cleaning products or even beauty products. Thank goodness, the drive to shop in a more sustainable way is growing. The long-term aim must be that it becomes the norm and significantly reduces pollutants going into landfill, the environment and then finally the ocean where they take hundreds of years to decompose.
What is sustainable hydration?
Refilling re-usable water bottles and cups will save on pointless plastic, money and it’s just so easy to do. There’s less stuff to be recycled or put in general rubbish that then ends up in a landfill. So it’s a win-win for the environment.
Sustainability is the key driver for Cooleraid, providing drinking water solutions that cut plastic waste and encourages refill and reuse.
It’s estimated that an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles is used every single day in the UK alone. And only 19.8 million of these are recycled each day. Not only that but whilst many bottles are becoming 100% recyclable, our progress is not nearly as fast as it needs to be.
Contactless is easy and safe
With cafes and restaurants reopening after lockdown there has been much talk of how to keep reusable coffee cups on the menu. Consumers can take their reusable coffee cups and drinks bottles to refill and self-fill.
The new contactless coffee service where you place your clean, reusable cup on the counter for the barista and it is returned to you safely for you to put the lid on. In this way, you can say no to a coffee in a throwaway plastic lined and lidded cup.
Refill hydration stations
Mains-fed water coolers, high-volume dispensers and fountains are fitted with water filtration systems to give you great tasting, chilled, high quality and filtered water so you can refill a reusable bottle in just a few seconds. You never run out of water even in the hot weather and great tasting water encourages us to drink more for better wellbeing and health.
The best practice for hygiene is that coolers and fountains be retrofitted with pedals and sensors so that refills can happen hands-free. Touchless machines are the future when it comes to running a safe office that cuts bacteria and germs surface transmission by being handsfree.
Some people are still buying bottled water for convenience. But bottled water costs between 30p and 60p per litre and comes in plastic, which is often non-recyclable and manufactured with oil that carries a really high carbon footprint. It might be a hard habit to break, but it will be so worth it when it’s not playing on your conscience! If everybody got into the habit of carrying a refillable water bottle, we really could make such a massive impact on our sustainable future.
Take a minute today and sit down with a cuppa to rethink your plastic-free plans!
With an instant boiling and cold tap, you can have one tap does it all, saving you time, money and valuable energy resources.
This is the ultimate inconvenience. Why wait for a kettle to boil? Choose your tea bags with care or go loose leaf as many teabags contain plastic. Pukka Tea and Teapigs are plastic free, and PG Tips are biodegradable.
What steps will you take today to walk towards a sustainable future?