Comparing bottled water systems

The majority of hotels, bars, restaurants, leisure and spa centres, convention hall, and offices offer their patrons bottles of drinking water. Water is a daily necessity, after all.

What bottled water systems do you have in place? Is it one your organisation favours? One that is welcomed by your visitors and guests? Have you considered improving it?

Let’s make some comparisons.

Single-use plastic

They are incredibly popular and a seemingly simple and straight forward way of delivering water to those who need it. Water UK has reported that 7.7 billion single-use plastic water bottles are used in the UK each year. That is the equivalent of every individual using 150 of them each year – or three every week.

Plastic water bottles are so popular because they are practically indestructible – and that’s where the problem lies. Only about half of this plastic waste is recycled, the rest goes to landfill or litter the streets, the countryside and our oceans – where it may take up to 500 years to degrade, according to the website EcoVibe.

In terms of the potential environmental damage, therefore, the use of plastic bottles of water is likely to do little for your image of corporate social responsibility.

When you take into account the cost of purchase and of the storage space occupied by pallets of plastic bottles of water, neither is it likely to prove a very economic solution to your problem.

Glass bottles

If you want to ditch plastic, of course, you could buy your mineral water in glass bottles – the solution favoured in many bars and restaurants.

As the website Environmental Technology points out, glass bottles are reusable and more easily recycled. What is more, glass is not made from some of the harmful chemicals that appear in plastic – bisphenol A (BPA), for example, which is said to interfere with the body’s production of natural hormones.

The Coca Cola company – which admittedly has a vested interest – insists that glass might not always be the more environmentally friendly answer, given the bigger carbon footprint left by its production.

By most reckoning, though, you might boost your environmental credentials by purchasing your water in glass bottles. But it is unlikely to be any cheap solution. Transport costs for glass bottles are roughly five times that for plastic, suggests a report by the BBC.

Inhouse bottling systems

The use of plastic bottles is harmful to the environment. Glass bottles are reusable, recyclable, and do not contain some of the toxic chemicals you find in plastic. But some might argue that the mass production of glass leaves a more damaging carbon footprint than plastic and the cost of transporting glass bottles makes the end product expensive.

When you install a filtered water system, however, you can serve fresh, pure and great-testing water in your own reusable, long-lasting glass bottles. No plastic. No transport costs. No recycling. The cost of the water served will be around 0.5p a litre – quite a difference compared to buying bottled mineral water at a cost of more than 50p per bottle.

In-house bottled water systems can impress on your customers, visitors and staff your corporate social responsibility (CSR). At EauVation we can provide you with stylishly designed glass bottles bearing your corporate logo and a suitably environmentally friendly message that offers your visitors a constant reminder of your commitment to sustainability. Find out more here today.

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