Plastic Waste Reduction
OUR COMMITMENT TO PLASTIC WASTE REDUCTION
Plastic pollution is real. Less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled worldwide, posing significant threats to the entire environment and creating a disaster some predict will be as serious as climate change. Marine life in particular faces irreparable damage from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year. As our awareness increases, corporations are forced to rethink their operations and approaches to packaging. Gladly, business giants are finally waking up to this planetary crisis by vowing to eradicate plastic waste, as part of a new Global Commitment spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It is encouraging to see large corporations taking a stand against plastic pollution such as Pepsi, Coke, and Unilever, and though we may not compete in terms of scale, we are doing our bit too.
OUR RECUP RECYCLING SCHEME
We care about the welfare of our planet, and we’re not just saying that. We believe actions speak louder than words, and we are always looking to provide sustainable solutions for our customers. Plastic and paper cups are a fundamental part of our business, but when we discovered that a staggering 2.5 billion cups end up in landfill in the UK every year, we knew something had to change. This is why we launched the reCup Recycling Scheme, our very own recycling service along with a brand new specially designed cup disposal bin.
Why is the reCup Recycling Scheme sustainable?
- With the reCup Recycling Scheme in place, we could save up to 0.5 million cups from landfill every year
- The scheme creates a circular economy for plastic cups and eliminates cup waste entirely
- The scheme guarantees that your cups will end up being recycled properly and successfully, helping you to reduce your plastic waste
- We reduce carbon emissions by making sure our vehicles make no unnecessary trips. We keep fuel consumption at a minimum because we collect the cups for recycling at the same time as delivering your water
- The reCup bin stacks an impressive 150 cups inside which is the equivalent of about 6 to 7 bin bags worth of common waste, again saving space in our transit vehicles and keeping our carbon footprint at a minimum
- Plastic cups can’t be recycled into more cups. However, they are recycled into other miscellaneous items such as brooms and brushes, traffic lights, car battery casings, ice scrapers, landscape borders, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, pallets, trays, bowls, spatulas, cutting boards, shovels, watering cans, storage bins and shipping pallets
To avoid plastic all-together, you may wish to opt for our new compostable cups. These cups are made from paper and are lined with a bioplastic called PLA made from corn starch. They look the same, feel the same and work the same as plastic cups, without having the same detrimental effects on the environment. Our compostable cups will be launching on our website very soon, so watch this space.
Why are compostable cups more sustainable?
- PLA cups are fully compostable and biodegradable
- PLA is made from a renewable resource as it is made from plants, not oil
- Bioplastics make carbon savings of 80% compared with conventional oil-based plastic
- PLA requires significantly less energy to mould into plastic containers
- The production of PLA uses 68 percent less fossil fuel resources than traditional plastics and it is the world’s first greenhouse-gas-neutral polymer
WATER COOLERS: THE SUSTAINABLE DRINKS CHOICE
It might not be obvious at first, but water coolers are a highly sustainable drinks choice, as stated by the BWCA. Unfortunately, the most widespread means to water consumption is through single-use plastic water bottles. A million single-use plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and in London alone, usage is a staggering 175 plastic water bottles per person per year. Water consumption via a water cooler replaces the need for harmful single-use plastic bottles, coupled with the recycling of cups, serves as a far more sustainable option.
Why are Water Coolers more sustainable?
- Water via a cooler rather than through single-use plastic bottles eliminates the risk of water bottles ending up in landfills
- On average, each water cooler bottle can be re-used and refilled 40-50 times
- Once they reach the end of their life, water cooler bottles are withdrawn from service and recycled, with a typical bottle scrappage rate of only 2%
- An estimated 13,000 tonnes of polycarbonate packaging is in circulation at any one time
- A wide variety of products can be then made from the recycled bottle material. Bottles are recycled into only a small percentage can be used in the manufacture of new bottles, however there are numerous other uses for recycled polycarbonate. This includes head lamp lenses, dashboards, electronic component housing, mobile phones, battery boxes, CDs and DVDs and traffic lights