Bottling Out

The impact of bottled water – Tap water vs bottled water uk

Bottling Out – how pre-bottled water is losing favour among consumers

We’ve all seen the adverts for a certain bottled water brand which features computer generated “baby” versions of adults swimming, rollerblading and dancing…but regardless of cute advertising campaigns, bottled water is increasingly losing favour. Consumers are becoming more aware of the environmental impacts of its production and a new wave of sustainable initiatives are paving the way to help combat climate change.

It is estimated that it takes 7 litres of water and 162g of oil to produce a single one litre disposable bottle of water, releasing 120g of CO2 in the process. And when you consider the fact that the UK consumes about 3 billion litres of bottled water annually1 it’s plain to see just how much of an impact bottled water in Britain alone can have on the environment. So, the big question is what can we do about it?

Earlier this year, it was announced that San Francisco had become the first city in America to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. Over the next four years single-use plastic water bottles will be phased out of retailers across the city. Closer to home London is one step closer to following in the same green footsteps with water refilling stations recently installed at Hammersmith Bus Station.

It’s a victory for the green agenda, which has made strides in driving best practice when it comes to waste management. As part of the government’s policy to reduce waste, the 5p levy on plastic bags will be introduced in England in October 2015 – 4 years after Wales and 1 year after Scotland. And so, as an estimated 5bn plastic bottles are sent to landfill2, could a similar tax be on the cards for plastic water bottles in the future?

Then again, maybe that’s not the answer because there’s a much simpler solution – installing filtered water systems directly to the mains water supply. A range of settings such as universities, workplaces and restaurants already have systems in place, making it easy for consumers to refill their bottles again and again with freshly filtered, and chilled water. If supermarkets, train stations, airports and highstreets followed suit, together we could help to drastically reduce the unnecessary waste and eliminate the need for a “ban” to be created in the first place.

“I’ve been using filtered water for years. I can’t go back to tap water. The EauVation system gives me as much filtered water as I want at a much cheaper cost.”