The Oceansaver accolade recognises and rewards organisations that have made a significant contribution and commitment to the reduction of ‘single-use plastics’ which are dangerously polluting the world’s oceans and waterways.
Single-use plastics are having a huge impact on our environment, not just from manufacture requiring 17 million barrels of oil to create a million plastic bottles purchased across the world every minute, but significant amounts end up in landfill or the ocean. Disposable plastic products can take over 400 years to biodegrade creating a toxic legacy of waste polluting the world’s rivers and seas. Plastic waste including bottles, kills 1.1 million marine creatures annually. By 2050, this could mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.* Removing the threat of single-use plastics on our oceans is important to Waterlogic.
One of the first companies recognised for their commitment to the reduction of single-use plastics is Interserve and their client E.ON. Interserve Group Limited, the international Support Services, Construction and Equipment Services group, supports E.ON over 22 sites and has over 100 Waterlogic POU water dispensers. Interserve and E.ON have developed an initiative to remove more than 1,300,000 single-use plastic cups from E.ON sites and replace them with Planet 100% bio-degradable cups. Although these cups have a higher price point, Interserve and E.ON felt the more environmentally responsible action of eliminating single-use plastic cups far outweighed the additional expenditure.
After a successful pilot at E.ON’s headquarters in Coventry using 50,000 biodegradable water cups made from paper and corn starch lining, Interserve and Waterlogic rolled out the new cup across 22 of the energy supplier’s sites.
Joanna Davies, Account Director at Interserve, commented: “We mobilised the E.ON account in 2017 and now have 8,000 people using Waterlogic’s Planet biodegradable cups. Employees are now encouraged to write their names on a cup and use it for the whole day. Because of this and other initiatives, E.ON is now a leading zero waste-to-landfill organisation.”
A point-of-use water dispenser coupled with biodegradable cups, plus a change in mindset from the throw-away culture has meant the removal of millions of pieces of single-use plastic.
To find out more about Waterlogic’s POU water dispensers, please visit: https://www.waterlogic.com/en-gb/water-dispensers/water-coolers/
* Business Insider, Jan 2017, By 2050, the oceans could have more plastic than fish: https://www.businessinsider.com/plastic-in-ocean-outweighs-fish-evidence-report-2017-1?r=US&IR=T