If you are anything like us, you will have a massive bug bear about excessive packaging and wasteful practices, all of which impacts on the earth and its precious resources. There are all kinds of stories and photos splashed all over social media of customer’s unhappy at what they see as unnecessary packaging. Photos of small products in larger boxes, with three-quarters of the box given to the protective packaging, is no longer acceptable. For a business too, the choices they make can also impact on various accreditations, certifications and other environmental awards that they opt for. They have to be confident that every aspect of their business is not only environmentally friendly, but does not have an impact on any the environment, local, national or global. That includes everything, including water coolers and dispensers.
Bottle fed water coolers – what happens to the plastic bottles?
We all need water; that is an irrefutable fact. And as an employer, you have to make sure your staff has access to clean, healthy drinking water which is why many businesses opt for water coolers.
As well as the plumbed in version, there is also the bottle fed version, where large bottles of water are used on top of the dispenser. It goes through a series of filtrations before it makes its way into the bottles, and it is also chilled and filtered by the machine too. You may wonder what happens to the plastic bottled once you have emptied them and sent them back. With plastic taking hundreds of years to degrade, you will be pleased to know we take our pledge to has as minimal an impact on the environment as possible.
Our 7-point plan
Our seven-point plan ensures that we do as much as we possibly can to minimise our impact on the environment, aware of how deliveries across the UK affect our carbon footprint as well as the fact that we deal with a lot of plastic. It also means we don’t clog up the landfill with plastic…
- Control ALL packaging – we too, are as frustrated with excessive, unnecessary packaging as you are. We work with our suppliers to cut down on packaging and waste. We are very aware of how our goods are packaged, constantly striving to reach a balance between ensuring equipment and supplies are safe and protected in transit, while not being wasteful or over-indulgent in packaging.
- Reused – isn’t it great when a company tells you it refills or reuses a returned item? It gives a warm feeling inside to know that someone else is as caring about the environment as you. But how many times do they re-use it? How many times can they re-use it? You can be confident that we not only sterilise and refill our bottles, but we do so over and over and over again… until we really cannot use the bottle any more.
- A new lease of life – when the useful life of a plastic bottle has come to an end – and it does happen, eventually – we don’t throw them into landfill. We make sure they are recycled into something useful which can be anything from stationery items to cups, plastic cutlery, more plastic bottles… the list goes on!
- Labelling – even the best of intentions can be spoiled by making a decision that means waste when there needn’t be. Our labels, for example, are very robust and so we only need to label our plastic bottled once – and once only. So the labels last his lifetime of the bottle.
- Efficiency is key – deliveries are a real issue for any company looking to minimise their impact on the environment. Sending a half-empty lorry is not only eating into profits but wasteful regarding fuel and carbon emissions. We are regularly reviewing and monitoring our delivery system as to how we can make it more efficient and without harming the environment.
- Sustainable water source – on one hand, we see water everywhere, and so we assume that it is in plentiful supply. And yet flooding in the UK may be as a result of us not looking to the water courses and plans properly. Draining too much from one area, and not another may cause an imbalance that can lead to flooding when the weather is inclement. This is why we use water sources that have a robust and sustainable land management policy in place.
- Looking after our sources – land and water need to be carefully managed which is why we manage our land and do it well, without the need for fertilisers or pesticides that could potentially contaminate water and land. Excess water, for example, is allowed to seep back into the soil and rocks, as it should. This way, the water source remains plentiful and the landscape unharmed.
Knowing all this means one thing – you know we are serious about delivering chilled water, without damaging the environment.